Heavy Focus on Lightweighting Results in Inaugural Altair Enlighten Award

As a result of our work developing a lighter-weight thermoplastic composite front seat pan, we recently were honored with the inaugural Altair Enlighten Award.

The award was presented to our very own Martin Jung, Ph.D., senior vice president of Global Research for Structural Materials at the 2013 Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars.

The Altair Enlighten Award is the automotive industry's first award program created specifically to acknowledge innovations in vehicle lightweighting, a key area of focus here at BASF as we work to help our partners meet more stringent fuel economy and emissions standards.

The Enlighten Award recognizes achievement in weight reduction across the automotive industry and spans all materials and components. BASF won for its thermoplastic composite front seat pan, which is currently in production on the Opel Astra OPC.

The seat offers automakers an opportunity to shave weight off vehicles since it is 45 percent lighter than its predecessor.

The seat pan is the world's first production part made from a thermoplastic laminate with continuous fiber reinforcement. The seat offers automakers an opportunity to shave weight off vehicles since it is 45 percent lighter than its predecessor.

"It is truly an honor to be the recipient of the inaugural Enlighten Award for our work in vehicle lightweighting," said Jung. "At BASF, we understand how important lightweighting innovations are to our customers. We work alongside them to create new design processes and material solutions that deliver measurable, cost-effective and sustainable results."

There were 10 finalists for the Enlighten Award, all of whom represented product innovations in metal, high tech fiber components and other composites.

The winners were selected by the judging committee that includes Jay Baron, Ph.D., president and CEO of CAR, and director of CAR's Coalition for Automotive Lightweighting Materials (CALM) and comprised of experts from the worldwide automotive community.

The award honors the greatest achievements in weight savings each year. It also aims to inspire interest from industry, engineering, policymakers, educators, students and the public; to create further competition for new ideas and to provide an incentive to share technological advances.