Registration & Event Details

SPE Automotive Div. Innovation Awards

Registration & Info

Innovation Awards Competition & Gala

2024 Key Dates: 

September 13 – Deadline for submission of nominations, Parts Due September 13. 

September 26 – Notification of time and date for presentation to SPE Board of Directors. 

October 3 & 4 – Presentations to SPE Board of Directors, Location: Celanese Corp, Auburn Hills, MI 

October 11 – Presentations to Blue Ribbon Panel, Location: Celanese Corp, Auburn Hills, MI 

November 13 – SPE Automotive Division Innovation Awards Program – Burton Manor, Livonia, MI. 

About the Event

For over 50 years the SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Program has been the most prestigious and largest competition of its kind in the world. Dozens of teams made up of OEMs, tier suppliers, and polymer producers submit nominations describing their part, system, or complete vehicle and why it merits the claim as the Year’s Most Innovative Use of Plastics. This annual event typically draws over 700 OEM engineers, automotive and plastics industry executives, and media. As is customary, funds raised from this event are used to support SPE educational efforts and technical seminars, which help educate and secure the role of plastics in the advancement of the automobile.

Timeline of Festivities

  • 4:00 – 6:00pm VIP Reception
  • 4:30 – 6:00pm Main Event Reception
  • 6:00 pm Seating Begins
  • 6:15 – 7:00 pm Welcome/Dinner
  • 7:00 – 9:00 pm Gala Program
  • 9:00 – 11:00 pm Afterglow Reception

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Grand Award

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