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

Awards Gala Schedule:
  • 4:00 pm - VIP Cocktail Reception Sponsored by Celanese
  • 4:30 pm - Main Exhibit & Reception Open - See this year's Part Nominations, plus New, Antique, & Specialty Vehicles
  • 6:00 pm - Seating in Main Auditorium - Dinner is Served
  • 7:00 pm - Automotive Innovation Awards Ceremonies Begin
  • 9:00 pm - Awards Program Ends, Afterglow - sponsored by Celanese - Open to All
  • 11:00 pm - Conclusion of the SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala

For questions regarding sponsorship or to purchase a table, please contact Teri Chouinard: teri@intuitgroup.com or +1.248.701.8003.

Interested in buying individual tickets? Please click HERE

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.

For questions regarding sponsorship or to purchase a table, please contact Teri Chouinard: teri@intuitgroup.com or +1.248.701.8003.

Interested in buying individual tickets? Please click HERE

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.

For questions regarding sponsorship or to purchase a table, please contact Teri Chouinard: teri@intuitgroup.com or +1.248.701.8003.

Interested in buying individual tickets? Please click HERE

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
SPE Auto. Div. Announces Finalists for 2016 Auto Innovation Awards Competition
SPE Auto. Div. Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Award Winner

2016 SPE Innovation Awards Sponsors

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

Sponsorship Level



(Links to sponsor website)
VIP Reception & Afterglow Sponsor Celanese Corp.
Wine & Flower Sponsor DuPont Automotive
Main Reception Sponsor SABIC
Student Program Sponsor Michigan Economic Development Corp.
Gold Sponsor Advanced Composites, Inc.
Gold Sponsor American Chemistry Council - Plastics Div.
Gold Sponsor BASF
Gold Sponsor Faurecia Interior Systems
Silver Sponsor Jenoptik Automotive NA LLC
Bronze Sponsor ABC Group Inc.
Bronze Sponsor Bocar Group
Bronze Sponsor ContiTech North America, Inc.
Bronze Sponsor Covestro AG
Bronze Sponsor DSM Engineering Plastics
Bronze Sponsor SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association
Bronze Sponsor Wittmann Battenfeld, Inc.
Bronze Sponsor Yanfeng Global Automotive Interiors
Advertising Sponsor INEOS Styrolution America, LLC
Media / Association AutoBeat Daily
Media / Association Automotive Design & Production Magazine
Media / Association China Plastic & Rubber Journal
Media / Association China Plastic & Rubber Journal International
Media / Association CompositesWorld
Media / Association Industrias Plásticas
Media / Association Noticiero del Plástico
Media / Association Plastics Engineering Magazine
Media / Association Plastics Insight
Media / Association Plastics Technology Magazine
Media / Association Plastics Technology México
Media / Association Prototype Today
Media / Association Rubber Fibre Plastics International Magazine
Media / Association Reciclado y Plasticos
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