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Automotive awards event finalizes date, location and theme

The oldest and largest awards event in the automotive plastics industry will be held Nov. 6 in Livonia, MI under the theme "Plastics: Kick the Metal Habit". The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers said the 43rd-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala will once again take place at Burton Manor. Jeffrey Helms, global automotive director, Ticona Engineering Polymers, returns as the 2013 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards chair.

"The automotive industry faces extremely challenging emissions and fuel-economy standards over the next decade in most major markets," Helms said in a release, "so materials that reduce part mass and cost, while improving durability, aesthetics, and functionality are going to be key."

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 more 700 OEM engineers, automotive and plastics industry executives, and media. To download nomination forms and rules for this year's competition, please visit the SPE Automotive Division website.

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