Altair Enlighten Awards focus on lightweighting, sustainability in vehicle manufacturing – Repairer Driven News

August 9, 2022 by No Comments

Altair has announced the winners of its 10th annual Altair Enlighten Awards, recognizing sustainability and lightweighting advancements in the automotive industry.

For repairers, the awards provide a recap of what’s new, as well as a glimpse at what may be coming in the not-too-distant future as OEMs work to shrink their carbon footprint, reduce water and energy consumption, and increase material reuse and recycling.

“The caliber of nominees for this year’s Enlighten Award was unparalleled and is a true testament to the investments the automotive industry is making to reach – and even exceed – global sustainability targets,” said Richard Yen, senior vice president, product and strategy, Altair. “As we celebrate our tenth year and have evaluated hundreds of worthy entries over the years, we have seen this award evolve from showcasing vehicle lightweighting initiatives to companies now fully embracing sustainability and the commitment to building a net-zero environment and circular economy.”

The Altair Enlighten Awards are presented each year in conjunction with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) at its annual CAR Conference.

The Sustainable Product award winner was a vehicle that’s probably made an appearance at a few body shops already: the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. It’s the second straight year that a Ford electric vehicle (EV) has won the award; last year’s went to the Mustang Mach-E.

“The 2022 Ford F-150 Lighting with an extended range battery delivers up to 580 horsepower and 775 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque of any F-150 ever – as well as a high-tech front trunk and the ability to power your home if needed,” Altair said in its award presentation. “The F-150 Lightning is powered by dual in-board motors with up to 320 miles of range on select models and is built on an all-new steel frame that supports a maximum 2,235-pound payload and up to 10,000-pounds of towing capacity.”

Runner-up among sustainable products was Lacks Enterprises’ innovative composite wheel trim system for the 2022 Toyota Sienna. The wheel combines a weight-optimized aluminum wheel backbone with composite design surface finish and lightweight reduction technology. With this technology, different wheel designs and finishes can be used on the same wheel backbone.

“The wheel trim system creates an expanded canvas for evolving wheel design,” said Kurt Lacks Jr., Lacks’ executive director for business development. “We provide automakers with an expanse of trim-level differentiation that increases vehicle brand and design value at a reduced cost. We like to say that our wheel system technology expands the OEM designer’s imagination.”

Two 2021 categories, Sustainable Product – Vehicle and Sustainable Product – Component were combined into one for 2022.

Nemak’s Melting Center won the Sustainable Process award for its production of aluminum-silicon alloys for the automotive industry through the recycling of 2.5 billion aluminum cans each year. “With a recycling capacity of more than 400k tons per year, the process decreases the amount of energy needed to extract primary aluminum by 95%, thus eliminating 4.8 million tons of carbon dioxide per year,” Altair said.

Runner-up for Sustainable Process was ArcelorMittal, for the industry’s first large-scale test of the partial replacement of natural gas with green hydrogen to produce Direct Reduced Iron (DRI). “Through a $10 billion investment plan, this milestone will propel the future large-scale supply of green steel to automotive original equipment manufacturers,” Altair said. ArcelorMittal said its ambition is “to lead the decarbonisation of the steel industry.”

In the Sustainable Material category, Ford was again a …….



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