A third category has been introduced to the 2017 Altair Enlighten Award, the award programme aimed specifically at highlighting achievements in vehicle lightweighting. The new Enabling Technology category is specific to products that make innovation in full vehicles, automotive modules, systems and components possible, such as fasteners, adhesives, materials and processes.
“Enabling technologies are the fundamental building blocks of today’s great automobiles, in many cases directly contributing to the feasibility of the lightweight innovations developed by OEMs and suppliers,” said Richard Yen, Senior Vice President, Automotive and Global Markets Team at Altair.
Yen continued: “By opening a third category for these technologies, we are providing the companies that are creating them the platform they deserve to share their work and be recognised as leaders in lightweight design.”
The Altair Enlighten Award is presented in partnership with the Centre for Automotive Research (CAR) and is proud to work with media partners SAE International and AutomobilIndustrie. The award honors companies for innovative examples of lightweighting in full vehicles, modules and now in enabling technology categories.
The winners will be announced during the CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI on July 31st, 2017. The award is held in collaboration with CAR, media partners SAE International and media sponsor AutomobilIndustrie.
According to Jay Baron, President and CEO at CAR, he said: “Without the assistance of enabling technologies, many of the benefits of mixed-material solutions would be limited.”
Baron added: “Expanding the award categories to recognise the significant contribution of these technologies was a natural next step allowing many more suppliers to demonstrate their solutions.”
Manufacturers and suppliers interested in submitting a nomination for the Enlighten Award are able to access additional information about the process, or submit an entry online. Nominations are being accepted now through until 26th May.