Nominees for the 2014 Altair Enlighten Award for Innovation in Automotive Vehicle Lightweighting Announced

  Nominees for the 2014 Altair Enlighten Award for Innovation in Automotive
                       Vehicle Lightweighting Announced

Award winner to be announced on August 4th at the 2014 CAR Management Briefing

PR Newswire

TROY, Mich., July 22, 2014

TROY, Mich., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Altair today announced 11
nominations for the 2^nd Altair Enlighten Award. The award, presented in
collaboration with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), is the automotive
industry's only award program created specifically to acknowledge innovations
in vehicle lightweighting. The winner will be announced during the
"Featherweight Competition: Agile, Light, and Strong" session of the 2014 CAR
Management Briefing Seminars (MBS). The session takes place on Monday, August
4, between 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in
Traverse City, Mich.

The Altair Enlighten Award aims to recognize achievements in weight reduction
across the automotive industry, from motorcycles to passenger cars, light
trucks to commercial vehicles and buses. The 2014 Award nominees are:

  oContinental Structural Plastics - Composite outer body panels for
    Chevrolet Corvette
  oDow Automotive Systems - Epoxy structural adhesive applications for PACCAR
    Kenworth and Peterbilt
  oDow Automotive Systems - Crash durable adhesive for Chevrolet Corvette
  oGrede Holdings LLC - Lightweight spring hanger bracket casting for
  oJaguar Land Rover Ltd. - Premium lightweight vehicle architectures
  oLANXESS - Highly reinforced polyamide front end carrier for the Skoda
  oMAHLE North America - Lightweight connecting rod for Polaris Indian
  oMaruti Suzuki India Ltd. - Rear engine mounting bracket for the Maruti
  oMultimatic Inc. - Steel front lower control arm for the Chevrolet Impala
  oSABIC - Optimized instrument panel for the Chrysler Jeep Cherokee
  oShiloh Industries, Inc. - Acoustic panel laminate for the Cadillac ATS

Each entry demonstrates a unique approach to meet the challenges of automotive
weight reduction through the use of new lightweight materials and innovative
design processes. The award's judging committee – chaired by Dr. Jay Baron,
President and CEO of CAR and director of CAR's Coalition for Automotive
Lightweighting Materials (CALM) – comprises worldwide experts from the
automotive community, who will assess the nominations and select the overall

"The subject of weight for the automotive industry has become a key design
driver as manufacturers are under pressure to improve performance while
minimizing the environmental impact of their vehicles," said David Mason,
Senior Vice President, Global Automotive for Altair. "This year's nominations
represent a diverse range of solutions to meet these challenges while still
delivering exceptional products to the market."

"This year, we are pleased to see more nominations coming from outside of the
U.S.," said Dr. Jay Baron, President and CEO of CAR. "Minimizing CO[2]
emissions from across the automotive sector is an international challenge and
it is encouraging to see unique and innovative solutions being presented from
manufacturers and suppliers around the world. CAR's MBS provides an excellent
forum to highlight and recognize these ideas and solutions."

The Altair Enlighten Award is intended to honor the greatest achievements in
weight savings each year; to inspire interest from industry, engineering,
policymakers, educators, students and the public; to create further
competition for new ideas in the industry; and to provide an incentive to
share technological advances.

The award aligns with the goals of CAR's CALM initiative to support the
cost-effective integration of mixed materials to achieve significant
reductions in vehicle mass through the collaborative efforts of the material
sectors and auto manufacturers.

About Enlighten
The purpose of is to provide a global knowledge source
for useful, informative and inspirational content focused on minimizing the
weight of products across industries through innovative design techniques,
materials technology and manufacturing processes; improving industry best
practices to respond to the challenges of mass management and meeting fuel
economy targets, government and competitive; and addressing increasing vehicle
safety requirements.

About CAR
The Center for Automotive Research is a non-profit organization based in Ann
Arbor, Mich. Its mission is to conduct research on significant issues related
to the future direction of the global automotive industry, organize and
conduct forums of value to the automotive community, and foster industry
relationships. For more information, visit the CAR website:
To register for the CAR Management Briefing Seminars, visit

About Altair
Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation
technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for
improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,000 employees,
Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates more than 40
offices throughout 20 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000
corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit

SOURCE Altair Engineering

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