Three TPO Applications Awarded at SPE Auto TPO Event
An environmental category joined the traditional exterior and interior award categories of the 2015 SPE TPO conference.
Lilli Manolis Sherman
Last week I attended the 17th SPE TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference which was chock full of interesting technology developments—and the largest event in its history, with over 70 presentations in nine technical tracks in three parallel sessions.
For the last several years, the conference has included two awards—one for the most interesting exterior automotive application and one for the most interesting interior application. This year, an environmental category was added. Here are the three winners:
• The exterior trim category award went to Asahi Kassei Plastics for a TPO tonneau cover assembly on the 2016 MY (Model Year) Toyota Tacoma pickup. Its key benefits: reduced weight, reduced cost, reduced assembly plant-complexity, improved appearance, improved fit & finish, and improved safety.
• The interior trim category award went to IAC (International Automotive Components) for the A-pillar with integrated assist grip for the 2015 MY Chrysler and Dodge Minivans. Its key benefits: reduced weight, reduced part count, reduced assembly-plant complexity, reduced cost, improved fit & finish, and improved safety.
• The environmental—green category award went to Faurecia for the door trim panel with NAFILean (renewably-sourced natural fiber) for the 2013 MY Peugeot 308. Its key benefits: reduced weight, reduced cost, and renewable source.