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Altair announces that international chemical company BASF corporation has won the inaugural Altair Enlighten Award for innovation in automotive vehicle light-weighting with its thermoplastic composite front seat pan.
The award, presented in collaboration with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), is the automotive industry's first award program created specifically to acknowledge innovations in vehicle light-weighting. BASF was presented with the award during the opening session of the 2013 CAR Management Briefing Seminars (MBS), in Traverse City, Michigan.First runner up was shared equally by ArcelorMittal for its industry first hot stamped door ring (by Honda, ArcelorMittal and MAGNA - Cosma International), and Plasan for its carbon fibre roof (by Chrysler Fiat, Plasan Carbon Composites).BASF, one of 10 nominees who competed for the Enlighten Award, impressed the judging committee with its composite seat pan, manufactured for use in the Opel Astra OPC model passenger car. Composite materials are increasingly being used to replace traditional metallic parts in automotive vehicles due to their lightweight properties; however, they present new, often complex design challenges and have traditionally been costly alternatives reserved for premium cars.