TROY, Mich.—Magna International Inc. won an Innovation Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) for its unique process of laser cutting and welding front and rear fascias for the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, the company announced recently.
Magna received the top award in the Process/Assembly/Enabling Technologies category at SPE’s Automotive Division 2016 Innovation Awards Competition in November in Livonia, Michigan. The process, which can be applied to other plastic exterior components, is used instead of punch and ultrasonic welding, providing greater flexibility for lower-volume programs, Magna reported in a press release.
“Developing new processes, materials, and technologies is key to supporting our customers,” said Magna Exteriors President Grahame Burrow, in a release from Magna. “The recognition we have received from SPE underscores our commitment to producing and delivering innovative exterior systems and components.”
The honor followed a near sweep by Magna at the SPE Central Europe Automotive Awards, where the company won five awards, including the Grand Award for a unique, lightweight skid plate made for a premium European automaker. The laser cutting and welding process also won the SPE Detroit Chapter’s Innovation Award in October, Magna said.