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SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Competition & Gala

46th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Program

2016 Judging Dates:
  • Nomination Deadline: Thursday, Sept. 15
  • First Round of Judging: Thursday, Sept. 29 & Friday, Sept. 30
  • Second Round of Judging: Monday, Oct. 10
Date of Awards Gala: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

Location: Burton Manor, Livonia (Detroit), Michigan -- Click for Map


2011-2016 SPE Automotive Innovation Award Program Chair:
Jeff Helms, Celanese Corp.


SPE’s Automotive Innovation Awards program is the oldest and largest competition of its kind in the the automotive and plastics industries. Dozens of teams made up of OEMs, tier suppliers, and polymer producers submit nominations describing their part, system, or complete vehicle module and why it merits the claim as Year’s Most Innovative Use of Plastics. Applications must be on a commercially available vehicle by November 1st of the year in which a nomination is submitted. Competition categories include:
  • Aftermarket
  • Body Exterior
  • Body Interior
  • Chassis/Hardware
  • Environmental
  • Electrical Systems
  • Hall of Fame
  • Materials
  • Powertrain
  • Process / Assembly / Enabling Technologies
  • Safety
The competition’s most coveted prize - the Grand Award - is chosen from winners in the other categories.

This annual event typically draws 700+ OEM engineers, automotive and plastics industry executives, consultants, and media.

Funds raised from the event are used to support SPE educational efforts and technical seminars, which help to secure the role of plastics in the advancement of the automobile.

Fliers & Forms

Benefits of Participation Flier Click to Download.

Program Guide Advertising Specifications Click to Download.
2016 Corporate Sponsorship Form Click to Download. General Sponsorship Flier Click to Download.

Call for Part Nominations Flier Click to Download.
Part Nominations Form (Right Click to Save to Computer.) Due September 15.
Part Competition Rules Click to Download.
Or See our FAQs About Submitting Nominations Click HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are having problems checking boxes in the Nomination Form Excel spreadsheets, please review your security settings and make sure you enable macros.

Press Releases on 2016 Competition & Gala

SPE Announces Dates, Deadlines for 46th Auto. Innovation Awards Competition & Gala
Dr. Lawrence Drzal Named SPE Auto. Div. 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner


Winner in the MATERIALS Category was also GRAND AWARD WINNER for 2015. Click on a winner image below to open a PDF of that winner for better viewing.

2015 SPE Innovation Awards Sponsors

This event would not be possible without the continued support of our sponsors.

Sponsorship Level



(Links to sponsor website)
Platinum Sponsor, VIP Reception & Afterglow Sponsor Celanese Corp.
Main Reception Sponsor BASF
Gold Sponsor,
Wine & Flower Sponsor
DuPont Automotive
Gold Sponsor Advanced Composites, Inc.
Gold Sponsor American Chemistry Council - Plastics Div.
Gold Sponsor Faurecia Automotive Exteriors
Gold Sponsor Gruppo Proma
Gold Sponsor Yanfeng USA Automotive Trim Systems Inc.
Student Program Sponsor Michigan Economic Development Corp.
Silver Sponsor Continental Structural Plastics
Bronze Sponsor ABC Group Inc.
Bronze Sponsor AOC Resins
Bronze Sponsor Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc.
Bronze Sponsor DSM Engineering Plastics
Bronze Sponsor SABIC
Bronze Sponsor Synventive Molding Solutions
Bronze Sponsor Trinseo LLC
Bronze Sponsor
& Ad Upgrade
Wittmann Battenfeld, Inc.
Advertising Sponsor Inteva Products LLC
Advertising Sponsor ITW Deltar Fasteners
Advertising Sponsor Styrolution America, LLC
Media / Association Automotive Design & Production Magazine
Media / Association Automotive Engineering International Magazine
Media / Association China Plastic & Rubber Journal
Media / Association China Plastic & Rubber Journal International
Media / Association CompositesWorld
Media / Association Modern Plastics India Magazine
Media / Association Plastech
Media / Association Plastics Engineering Magazine
Media / Association Plastics Technology Magazine
Media / Association Plastics: The Global Application Medium
Media / Association Prototype Today
Media / Association Rubber Fibre Plastics International Magazine
Media / Association SAE International®
Media / Association Tecnología del Plastico
Media / Association The Molding Blog
Media / Association WardsAuto.com

LINK to Past Winners of the SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Competition

LINK to Media Center to Read Press Releases on Previous Years' Events