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The winners of the SPE Automotive Innovation Award
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Author:JK    Date:18.Nov.2021

The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has announced the winners of the latest Automotive Innovation Awards. The awards program honors advances in automotive applications made possible by plastics. Let’s dig into the awarded developments. 

Winner: Grille with integrated lit emblem
Category: Body Exterior
OEM make: 2021 Ford Motor Co.
Model: Ford Mustang Mach E GT
Tier supplier/processor: Magna Exteriors/LexaMar, Div. of Magna Exteriors
Material supplier/toolmaker: Covestro/Inevo Group

Injection/compression molding forms the large-format clear polycarbonate grille with variable wall thicknesses (ranging from 3 to 5 mm) in a lower-tonnage press that helped minimize or eliminate flow lines and stress marks. After molding, the optical-quality part undergoes a hardcoat silicone dip to provide weathering and abrasion resistance.

The pony emblem is milled out, and primer and paint are selectively applied to the B side of the part - the first use of paint-over-hardcoat for an auto exterior trim application.


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