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28
May
16

SPE® Announces 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner for 2016 #SPEInnovationAwards

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Dr. Lawrence T. Drzal, university distinguished professor of Chemical Engineering and director-Composite Materials and Structures Center at Michigan State University’s College of Engineering (MSU, East Lansing, Mich., U.S.A.), has been named the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®). Drzal, the first academic winner of the award, is a composites expert who has specialized in surface and interfacial aspects of adhesively bonded joints plus the fiber / matrix interphase in composite materials and their processing; adhesion fundamentals; sustainable bio-based structural composite materials; and nanocomposite materials. During his career Drzal has given over 400 invited presentations at national and international conferences, published over 375 research papers, and has been awarded 35 patents. He will be honored for his role leading transportation composites innovations at the 46th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala on November 9, 2016 at Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich.

First given in 2000, the SPE Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the technical achievements of individuals whose work – in research, design, and/or engineering – has led to significant integration of polymeric materials on passenger vehicles.  Past winners include:

  • T. Battenberg III, then chairman and chief-executive officer of Delphi Corp.;
  • Bernard Robertson, then executive vice-president of DaimlerChrysler;
  • Robert Schaad, chairman of Husky Injection Molding Systems, Ltd.;
  • Tom Moore, retired vice-president, Liberty and Technical Affairs at then DaimlerChrysler;
  • Shigeki Suzuki, general manager – Materials Division, Toyota Motor Co.;
  • Barbara Sanders, then director-Advanced Development & Engineering Processes, Delphi Corp.;
  • Josh Madden, retired executive at General Motors Corp. (GM) & Volkswagen of America;
  • Frank Macher, former CEO of Collins & Aikman Corp., Federal Mogul Corp., and ITT Automotive;
  • Irv Poston, retired head of the Plastics (Composites) Development-Technical Center, GM.;
  • Allan Murray, Ph.D., retired technology director at Ford Motor Co.;
  • David B. Reed P.E., retired staff engineer, Product Engineering, GM;
  • Gary Lownsdale, P.E., then chief technology officer, Plasan Carbon Composites;
  • Roy Sjöberg, P.E., retired staff engineer – Body, Chevrolet-Pontiac-Canada Div.,GM and retired executive engineer-Viper Project, Chrysler Corp.;
  • Norm Kakarala, retired senior technical fellow, Inteva Products LLC; and
  • Fredrick Deans, P.E., chief marketing officer, Allied Composite Technologies LLC.

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25
Apr
16

SPE® Announces Dates, Deadlines for 46th-Annual #SPEInnovationAwards Competition & Gala

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The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) today announced the dates, location, and theme for its 46th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries, and deadlines for the event’s annual parts competition. This year’s Awards Gala will be held Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich., where winning part nominations (submitted by September 15, 2016) and the teams that developed them will be honored during an evening that celebrates automotive plastics innovation.

“This is an important year for automakers selling into the U.S. as it represents the midpoint assessment period for 2025 CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standards,” explains Jeffrey Helms, global automotive director, Celanese Corp. who returns as the 2016 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards chair. “Regulators are currently reviewing automaker status  with regard to increasing fuel-efficiency ratings toward the 2025 targets. That will put the spotlight on methods and materials for taking mass out of vehicles, which should be good for plastics and composites. We feel it’s no coincidence that the last few years have represented the highest attendance in the history of our Automotive Innovation Awards Gala and we expect that trend to continue in 2016. Automakers and their suppliers are very interested in any and all design, material, and process options that can help them meet regulatory targets while still offering exciting, safe, beautiful, and affordable vehicles that customers want to buy. This led to selection of Plastics: Innovation in Motion as our 2016 program theme.”

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23
Apr
16

SPE® Issues Call for Parts-Competition Nominations for 2016 #SPEACCE

 

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The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) today issued a call for nominations for its fifth-annual parts competition at the group’s 2016 conference, September 7-9 in Novi, Mich. in the Detroit suburbs. Prizes for the Most Innovative Composites Application will be awarded in three categories ― Materials Innovation and Process Innovation (selected by media and members of the SPE ACCE planning committee), and People’s Choice (selected by conference attendees) ― with winning teams receiving recognition and a trophy after lunch on the last day of the show.

There is no cost to enter the competition. Any registered conference participant (speaker, sponsor/exhibitor, or attendee) may nominate original equipment or aftermarket composite parts on passenger cars or light trucks from any geography.  The only requirement is that parts must be on a vehicle available for commercial sale and that the vehicle producer must give permission. Nomination instructions may be found at http://speautomotive.com/comp.htm.  Preliminary descriptions and photos about the application’s innovations are due July 30, 2016 and should be eMailed to ACCEpapers@speautomotive.com.  Physical parts must be brought to the SPE ACCE for final review by judges on September 7 during a formal walk-through at the show.

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19
Mar
16

SPE® Issues Call for Applications (Due May 1) for 5 #SPEACCE, #Rehkopf Scholarships through #SPEFoundation

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The SPE® Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (SPE ACCE) organizing committee has issued its annual call for applications for 3 SPE ACCE scholarships as well as 2 awards from a new endowed scholarship still in the process of being funded in honor of the late Dr. Jackie Rekhopf, a long-time SPE ACCE volunteer and automotive composites expert. Applications are due May 1, 2016 and winners will be announced prior to the 2016 SPE ACCE show, September 7-9, 2016 in the Detroit suburbs.

R Broome & C Boise_LREach of the three ACCE scholarships is in the amount of $2,000 USD. Two of the scholarships (given annually since 2007) are for full-time graduate students anywhere in the world who are pursuing degrees in Polymer Science, Composites, Plastics or a related Engineering discipline.

R Broome & N Kamar_LRA third ACCE scholarship is available for a graduate or junior or senior undergraduate student pursuing similar academic programs at a university or college in the U.S. state of Michigan. In addition to a letter of recommendation from an advisor or mentor (and other SPE Foundation requirements), students must provide a succinct 2-page essay explaining how their planned work will benefit polymer composites usage in the automotive or other ground-transportation industry. Winning students are required to submit a formal paper on their research by June the following year and are expected to present their results in person at next year’s SPE ACCE conference, September 6-8, 2017.

R Broome & M Kardos_LRIn just five months, the new Dr. Jackie Rehkopf scholarship is approximately half-way to its $100,000 USD goal to reach full endowment. Contributions from the SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions, which have co-organized the ACCE show since 2001 and provided seed money to start the scholarship, will allow two scholarships to be given in 2016. The scholarships are available to either full-time graduate or junior or senior undergraduate students anywhere in the world pursuing degrees in Polymer Science, Composites, Plastics or a related Engineering discipline, with preference given to female students (although the best candidates will be selected). Up to two $5,000 USD scholarships each will be awarded to qualified graduate students, or up to two $2,500 USD scholarships each will be awarded to qualified undergraduate students if no graduate applications are received, or a combination of one $5,000 graduate award and one $2,500 undergraduate award for the 2016-2017 academic year will be provided. As with the ACCE scholarships, a letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor/mentor (in addition to other SPE Foundation requirements) and a 2-page essay is required showing planned work and how it benefits composites usage in the automotive or other ground-transportation industry. Work supported by the scholarship must be formally presented at an SPE technical conference like the ACCE or published in an SPE technical journal.

Applications for ACCE, Rehkopf, and many other SPE scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year may be found on the SPE Foundation® website at http://www.4spe.org/Foundation.

Also see:  http://speautomotive.com/comp.htm or http://specomposites.com.

07
Mar
16

SPE® Announces Dates, Location, Theme for 16th #SPEACCE, Issues Call for Papers

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The organizing committee for the SPE® Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) today announced the dates, theme, and location for this year’s show and issued its annual call for papers. Now in its sixteenth year, the SPE ACCE is the world’s leading forum for automotive composites and draws over 1,000 exhibitors, speakers, and attendees from 15 countries on five continents to the Detroit area, inspiring organizers to select this year’s theme of “Innovations in Automotive Composites: from Motor City to the World.” The 2016 show returns September 7-9 to The Diamond Banquet & Conference Center at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. in the Detroit suburbs.

Diamond Center at Suburban Collection Showplace Main EntranceThose interested in speaking at this year’s event should go to http://SubmitACCEpapers.com and upload abstracts by March 31, 2016 and full papers or non-commercial presentations by May 31, 2016. Authors who submit full papers (not presentations) in the proper format will be considered for the conference’s Dr. Jackie Rehkopf Best Paper Awards, which are presented during the event’s opening ceremony. Questions for the peer review committee may be addressed to ACCEpapers@speautomotive.com.

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16
Nov
15

Fred Deans Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award @ 45th #SPEInnovationAwards

IAG15 Banner for BlogFrederick (Fred) Deans, P.E., who has more than 45 years’ experience at companies like Continental Structural Plastics, AZDEL, Inc., General Electric Co., and Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG) working in the automotive, architectural, and industrial market segments, has been named the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®). Deans is an expert in composite materials and molding processes, product engineering, specification development, global sales and marketing, and new product introductions. He was honored last week for his role leading automotive plastics and composites innovations at the 45th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala on November 11, 2015 at Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich.

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18
Oct
15

1st GMT Bumper on ’84MY Corvette Named Hall of Fame Winner for 45th #SPEInnovationAwards

 

IAG15 Banner for BlogThe first use of glass-mat thermoplastic (GMT) composite on the front bumper of the 1984 model year (MY) Chevrolet Corvette sports car from then General Motors Corp. (GM) has been named the 2015 Hall of Fame winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) for the group’s 45th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. To be considered for a Hall of Fame award, an automotive plastic or composite component must have been in continuous service in some form for at least 15 years and preferably have been broadly adopted within the automotive or ground-transportation industries. GMT bumpers meet this criteria having been in continuous use on a variety of passenger vehicles for more than three decades and having proliferated beyond GM to vehicles built by automakers in North America, Europe, and Asia. In fact, many of the different GMT bumper design variants over the years have been category or Grand Award winners of the Automotive Innovation Awards Competition.

“The front bumper on the 1984 Corvette not only was the first in a long line of weight- and cost-saving front and rear bumper beams in GMT composites” explains Nippani Rao, president, RAO Associates, and co-chair of the SPE Automotive Division Hall of Fame committee, “but it also led to increased use of GMT as well as other thermoplastic composites in a broad range of interior and exterior automotive applications worldwide.” Continue reading ‘1st GMT Bumper on ’84MY Corvette Named Hall of Fame Winner for 45th #SPEInnovationAwards’

05
Oct
15

GM’s Matt Carroll a Keynote Speaker at 17th #SPEAutoTPO Conference, Oct. 7

 

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The seventeenth-annual SPE® TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference, the world’s leading automotive engineered polyolefins forum, will showcase talks by five keynote speakers from Ford Motor Co., Auto Harvest Foundation, Sumika Polymers North America, Inc., Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, and General Motors Co. Interspersed throughout the two-and-a-half-day conference, the keynotes will highlight important issues facing the automotive-plastics market, including customer wants and needs, future automotive trends, global outlook for automotive polyolefins, oil and shale gas impacts on vehicle lightweighting, and evolution of TPO material performance. Organized by the Detroit Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), the 2015 technical conference and exhibition returns to the Troy Marriott in the Detroit suburbs from October 4-7, 2015.

Matt Carroll LROn Wednesday, the conference’s third day, the event will begin with a keynote from Matt Carroll, engineering group manager, General Motors Co., who will discuss The Evolution of TPO Material Performance. “The performance of thermoplastic polyolefins for both interior and exterior components has been scrutinized and steadily improved over the past 20 years,” states Carroll. “Besides the all-important dimensional stability of parts, material properties like UV stability, oxidative stability, impact resistance, scratch and mar resistance, stiffness for handling, and paintability are all keys to producing successful parts. In several cases, the property needs are in conflict and a ‘balancing act’ is required to optimize part performance. In this talk, I’ll review improvements in the performance of TPO over time and provide some personal thoughts about future usage and growth of this class of polymer in the automotive industry.”

Carroll is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from University of Detroit and Wayne State University respectively. Earlier in his career he worked at a paint plant for BASF Corp., a polymer plant owned by Huntsman, and at the Chicago-based facility for a plastics machinery manufacturer. Carroll joined General Motors in 1994 as a materials engineer and later became a vehicle system engineer on the Buick Lucerne program. In his current role, he is engineering group manager-Materials for the Body Exterior and Electrical group. Carroll has presented 15 conference papers and presentations, is the former newsletter editor and membership chair of the SPE Detroit Section, and is currently a member of the board of directors for the SPE Automotive Division.

About the TPO Conference

Since 1998, the SPE TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference has highlighted the importance of rigid and flexible polyolefins throughout the automobile – in applications ranging from semi-structural composite underbody shields and front-end modules to soft-touch interior skins and bumper fascia. Engineered polyolefins have been the fastest-growing segment of the global plastics industry for more than a decade owing to their excellent cost / performance ratio. The show typically draws more than 700 attendees from 20 countries on four continents who are interested in learning about the latest in rigid and elastomeric TPO as well as TPE and TPV technologies. Fully a third of conference attendees say they work for a transportation OEM, and roughly 20% work for a tier integrator / molder, with the balance from materials or reinforcement suppliers, equipment OEMs, industry consultants, and members of academia. A variety of sponsorship packages are available for companies interested in showcasing their products and / or services. The show is organized by volunteers from the Detroit Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). Learn more: http://auto-tpo.com/ or http://speautomotive.com/tpo.htm.

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22
Sep
15

John Moyer, Asahi Kasei to Give Keynote at 17th #SPEAutoTPO Conference, Oct. 6

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The seventeenth-annual SPE® TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference, the world’s leading automotive engineered polyolefins forum, will showcase talks by five keynote speakers from Ford Motor Co., Auto Harvest Foundation, Sumika Polymers North America, Inc., Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, and General Motors Co. Interspersed throughout the two-and-a-half-day conference, the keynotes will highlight important issues facing the automotive-plastics market, including customer wants and needs, future automotive trends, global outlook for automotive polyolefins, oil and shale gas impacts on vehicle lightweighting, and evolution of TPO material performance. Organized by the Detroit Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), the 2015 technical conference and exhibition returns to the Troy Marriott in the Detroit suburbs from October 4-7, 2015.???????????????????????????????

On Day 2, John Moyer, president & chief operating officer, Asahi Kasei Plastics North America will give a talk entitled, Oil, Shale Gas, Fuel Efficiency, Lightweighting, & Other Funny Things that Happened on the Way to the TPO Forum. “My talk will begin with a discussion of all the changes in the world of energy costs,” remarks Moyer, who adds “and I expect that there will be more changes between now and October of this year. I will also talk about compounders ― both how we fit into this world of plastics and how we can change rapidly to meet the ever-changing world.”

In his current role, Moyers leads activities for Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, a subsidiary of Asahi Kasei Chemical Corp. and a leading custom compounder of advanced engineered polymers for the automotive, commercial truck, commercial seating, water handling, and construction markets. During his time at the helm, Asahi Kasei Plastics has grown substantially in the U.S. and has expanded its business base to include Mexico, Brazil, Europe, China, India, and Japan. Moyer joined Asahi Kasei Plastics in 2005 as president. Previously he worked for Dow Chemical Co. for 24 years holding various manufacturing leadership roles in the U.S., Indonesia, and Hong Kong. He also has been involved in starting up new businesses in Indonesia and China. Moyers is a member of the board of directors for the Livingston County United Way, the board of trustees for Kettering University, and the board of trustees for Cleary University. He is a past board member for the Livingston Country Red Cross, the Howell Chamber of Commerce, and the Styron Asia Ltd. joint venture between Dow Chemical Co. and Asahi Kasei Chemical Co. Moyer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

About the TPO Conference

Since 1998, the SPE TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference has highlighted the importance of rigid and flexible polyolefins throughout the automobile – in applications ranging from semi-structural composite underbody shields and front-end modules to soft-touch interior skins and bumper fascia. Engineered polyolefins have been the fastest-growing segment of the global plastics industry for more than a decade owing to their excellent cost / performance ratio. The show typically draws more than 700 attendees from 20 countries on four continents who are interested in learning about the latest in rigid and elastomeric TPO as well as TPE and TPV technologies. Fully a third of conference attendees say they work for a transportation OEM, and roughly 20% work for a tier integrator / molder, with the balance from materials or reinforcement suppliers, equipment OEMs, industry consultants, and members of academia. A variety of sponsorship packages are available for companies interested in showcasing their products and / or services. The show is organized by volunteers from the Detroit Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).  Learn more: http://auto-tpo.com/ or http://speautomotive.com/tpo.htm.

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18
Sep
15

Sumika Polymers’ Brian Weider to Give Keynote at 17th #SPEAutoTPO Conference, Oct. 6

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The seventeenth-annual SPE® TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference, the world’s leading automotive engineered polyolefins forum, will showcase talks by five keynote speakers from Ford Motor Co., Auto Harvest Foundation, Sumika Polymers North America, Inc., Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, and General Motors Co. Interspersed throughout the two-and-a-half-day conference, the keynotes will highlight important issues facing the automotive-plastics market, including customer wants and needs, future automotive trends, global outlook for automotive polyolefins, oil and shale gas impacts on vehicle lightweighting, and evolution of TPO material performance. Organized by the Detroit Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), the 2015 technical conference and exhibition returns to the Troy Marriott in the Detroit suburbs from October 4-7, 2015.

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On Tuesday, the conference’s second day, Brian K. Weider, president of Sumika Polymers North America, Inc. will lead off with a keynote on the topic of Global Outlook for the Polyolefin and Automotive Businesses. “I’ll start off by discussing long-term trends affecting polypropylene, polyethylene, and the elastomers supply base,” says Weider. “Then I’ll look at current trends in the automotive industry for TPOs and TPEs. Finally I’ll discuss some future trends we anticipate that will affect the entire global automotive resin market.”

Weider has spent more than 35 years in the plastics industry and 30 years of that in the automotive-plastics industry. He began his career in R&D at B.F. Goodrich and later joined the Santoprene TPE business of Monsanto. He also worked at GE Plastics in engineering resins and has spent the last 17 years at Sumitomo Chemicals. In his current role, he leads Sumika’s North American efforts, which are solely focused on the automotive industry. Weider holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Weatherhead School of Business at Case Western Reserve University.

About the TPO Conference

Since 1998, the SPE TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference has highlighted the importance of rigid and flexible polyolefins throughout the automobile – in applications ranging from semi-structural composite underbody shields and front-end modules to soft-touch interior skins and bumper fascia. Engineered polyolefins have been the fastest-growing segment of the global plastics industry for more than a decade owing to their excellent cost / performance ratio. The show typically draws more than 700 attendees from 20 countries on four continents who are interested in learning about the latest in rigid and elastomeric TPO as well as TPE and TPV technologies. Fully a third of conference attendees say they work for a transportation OEM, and roughly 20% work for a tier integrator / molder, with the balance from materials or reinforcement suppliers, equipment OEMs, industry consultants, and members of academia. A variety of sponsorship packages are available for companies interested in showcasing their products and / or services. The show is organized by volunteers from the Detroit Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).  Learn more: http://auto-tpo.com/ or http://speautomotive.com/tpo.htm.

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