“The level of nominees for this year’s Enlighten Award was unrivaled, and a true testament to the investments the automotive industry is making to reach and even exceed global sustainability goals,” said Richard Yen, Senior Vice President, Product and Strategy, Altair. . “As we celebrate our 10th year and have evaluated hundreds of meritorious entries over the years, we have seen this award evolve from showcasing vehicle weight reduction initiatives to companies that are now fully embracing sustainability and a commitment to building a zero-ecology and circular economy.”
Carla Bailo, President and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research, said: “The 2022 Enlighten award winners have demonstrated the great strides the auto industry has made in creating more sustainable products. Collaborating with Altair over the past 10 years has allowed us to bring the most distinctive and proven approaches to the automotive sector onto the stage. global weight loss and sustainability goals.
The full list of all winning organizations, runners-up, and honorable mentions is below.
Winner: Ford Motor Company – 2022 F-150 Lightning
- The 2022 Ford F-150 Lighting with Extended Range Battery delivers 580 horsepower and 775 pound-feet. of torque – the most torque of any F-150 ever – plus a high-tech front box and the ability to power your home if needed. The F-150 Lightning is powered by dual inboard motors with a range of 320 miles on select models and built on an all-new steel frame that supports a maximum payload of 2,235 pounds and a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds.
Runner-up: Lacks Enterprises – Composite Wheel Technology
- Lack Enterprises’ innovative, weight-saving composite wheel technology has been recognized in a joint report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) titled “Mid-Term Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Light and Medium-Fuel Vehicles for Enterprises. Standards Economics (CAFE) for the model years 2022-2025”. The patented wheel design allows multiple finishes and designs on the same wheel spine providing increased trim differentiation, while saving costs and improving aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.
Winner: Nemak – Recycled Materials for Sustainable Products
- Nemak’s Melting Center specializes in the production of aluminum and silicon alloys for the automotive industry. Recycling 2.5 billion aluminum cans annually, Nemak contributes to more sustainable manufacturing. With a recycling capacity of over 400,000 tons per year, the process reduces the amount of energy needed to extract primary aluminum by 95%, thus eliminating 4.8 million tons of carbon dioxide per year.
Runner-up: ArcelorMittal – First Industrial Large-Scale Test of Hydrogen Reducing Iron (H2 DRI Test)
- ArcelorMittal has launched the first green, large-scale trial of hydrogen-based injection at the DRI plant. With a $10 billion investment plan, this achievement will propel the future large-scale supply of green steel to auto OEMs.
Winner: Ford Motor Company – 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) wire harness and perimeter plastic (PA6)
- Ford implemented the industry’s first application of 100% PCR ocean plastics in vehicle parts. The physical composition of these parts is collected by workers from plastic waste in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea, promoting healthier marine life, reducing landfill waste and energy use, and creating jobs.
Description: Nucor Corp. – Econiq, the world’s first large-scale carbon-free steel
- As the world’s first mass-produced zero-steel, Nucor Corp is a pioneer in reducing a vehicle’s carbon footprint without changing design or grade selection. Available today to all automakers, the Econiq has a very high percentage of recycled content, and is the only steel that is not mass-produced in North America.
Winner: Shiloh Industries, GM – ShilohCore Acoustic Patch Laminate (APL)
- Its noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) damping performance works similar to that of a fully armored vehicle material, but reduces weight, carbon emissions and costs. The patented ShilohCore NVH damping performance can be tailored to achieve desired temperature ranges and target frequencies, while maintaining vehicle fuel efficiency and reducing raw material use.
Runner-up: Bionic Mesh Design GmbH – Bionic Mesh Design
- Bionic Mesh Design GmbH has improved and redefined lightweight design for mass casting and forging products. These lightweight designs are achieved by directly shifting topology into CAD models and focusing on production processes. By requiring 90% less design time than standard solid modeling processes, Bionic Mesh Design helps automotive OEMs and suppliers get products to market faster.
Runners-up: Human Horizons – High Pressure Diecast Compact Rear Cabin (HPDC)
- Human Horizons incorporated high-pressure die-casting and heat-treated materials into the tailgate fabrication, resulting in a weight reduction of up to 20%. The HPDC tailgate has combined 40 parts of the rear floor into one, thus reducing the manufacturing and mold development time by a third.
Winner: McMaster University and Nemak – NemAlloy, Lightweight Aluminum Alloy for New Cars
- A new, high-strength die-cast aluminum alloy that meets the needs of automotive structural components without the need for heat treatment. Due to the advantages of its light weight and elimination of heat treatment, Nemalloy is a fully recyclable solution that can help companies change the way they manufacture and forge a net zero emissions path.
Description: Adient – Ultra Thin Seats
- Adient has built ultra-thin, reinforced car seats made from comfortable, flexible thermoplastic sheets. UltraThin design saves not only space and mass, but also labor and time spent on assembly, materials and number of parts.
Runner-up: Yanfeng – Integration of Dashboard and Passenger Airbag (IP PAB)
- The IP PAB integration combines the chute unit and airbag unit into one part to reduce costs and create synergies in the development process. By replacing materials and saving weight by 23%, the system reduces a product’s carbon footprint by 50%.
Honorable Mention: AMC, csi development technology, DITF, BMW M – Center Console NaMiKo Biobased Automotive Center
- With the goal of a lightweight product and zero footprint, the NaMiKo-Project team combined sustainability, systematic life cycle analysis and lightweight design to develop an automotive center console using a “NFK in 3D” filament winding process covered with “circular smart textiles,” and bio-natural fiber composites.
Winner: BASF Corp. And Toyota and L&L Products – Toyota Tundra second-row seat body
- By replacing more than 60 stamped and welded steel parts with just four composite parts in the seat assembly, the Toyota Tundra weighs heavily on the chassis of its second-row rear seat. These production changes resulted in 20% mass reductions compared to previous generations’ steel bench chassis and achieved 20% cost savings over previous generations’ steel bench chassis.
Runner-up: Pocar Group – Toyota Tundra Rear Center
- Toyota Tundra Rear End Post – Bocar Lightweight Design is the first of its kind Visual Class “A” die-cast exterior application. Achieves more sustainable mobility by saving 4.4 kg (9.7 lb) in vehicle mass and 78.9 kg (173.9 lb) in CO2 emissions per vehicle per year.