SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Competition & Gala

SEE WINNERS & FINALISTS IN PROGRAM GUIDE: Learn which applications were finalists and category winners and which won the Grand Award by clicking HERE.

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46th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Program

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


Winner in the BODY INTERIORS Category was also GRAND AWARD WINNER for 2016. Click on a winner image below to open a PDF of that winner for better viewing.

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 & Ad Upgrade Jenoptik Automotive NA LLC
Bronze Sponsor ABC Group Inc.
Bronze Sponsor Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc.
Bronze Sponsor Bocar Group
Bronze Sponsor & Ad Upgrade ContiTech North America, Inc.
Bronze Sponsor Covestro AG
Bronze Sponsor DSM Engineering Plastics
Bronze Sponsor SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association
Bronze Sponsor Trinseo LLC
Bronze Sponsor Wittmann Battenfeld, Inc.
Bronze Sponsor Yanfeng Global Automotive Interiors
Advertising Sponsor INEOS Styrolution America, LLC
Advertising Sponsor Inteva Products 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