TROY, Mich. – June 2, 2015 – Altair today announced Automotive Engineering, SAE International’s flagship automotive publication, will serve as media partner for the 2015 Altair Enlighten Award. In collaboration with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), the annual award recognizes achievements in lightweighting across the automotive industry and will be presented during the CAR Management Briefing Seminars (MBS), August 3-5 in Traverse City, Mich.

The Enlighten Award, in its third year, is the industry’s only award solely dedicated to acknowledging innovation in automotive industry weight reduction efforts. It was created to provide a platform for the industry to share its significant progress toward lightweighting goals; to inspire interest from policymakers, educators, students and the public; to give an incentive to share technological advances; and to create further competition among automotive leaders.

Automotive Engineering is the ideal media partner for the Enlighten Award,” said David Mason, Vice President, Global Automotive for Altair. “As a distinguished automotive authority, the publication mirrors our commitment to sparking conversation surrounding important industry issues, like lightweighting. We are looking forward to the broader impact we can make as partners in this effort.”

The 2014 award was won by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) for its approach to sustainability. JLR’s lightweight vehicle strategy takes a holistic approach to CO2 reduction, linking strategies of weight reduction in the body and chassis systems to powertrain and related secondary weight savings, while maximizing recycled material use and lowering energy consumption during the manufacturing stage. The runner-up prize was awarded to Dow Automotive Systems for the application of its BETAMATE™ bonding solution on Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks.

“We are pleased to a partner with Altair and CAR on this important award,” Kevin Jost, Editorial Director for SAE International, said. “Recognizing our colleagues for their outstanding work and innovative thinking helps to move our industry forward.”

Entries will be accepted through Friday, June 26th, 2015 at Finalists will be selected in July, with the winners announced at CAR MBS in August.

Media Contacts:
Altair Europe, the Middle East and Africa
Evelyn Gebhardt
+49 6421 9684351

Corporate / Americas
Jennifer Korail
+1 (248) 304-1429


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