It was announced yesterday (June 17) from German plastics machinery supplier KraussMaffei that the company has won three awards at the SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) Automotive Awards 2009.
KraussMaffei won first place in the category Body Exterior with a support element for the louvered grille of the CLS Coupe from Mercedes Benz. The metallic effect essential to the grille’s distinctive optics is produced during the injection molding process without any extra painting process. In the same category, the jury, made up of members of the automotive industry, processors, moldmakers, raw materials suppliers, engineering companies and plastics institutes, also selected another KraussMaffei development for an award. This award went to a bodywork component for a forage harvester manufactured using technology developed by KraussMaffei’s Reaction Process machinery division.
In the Powertrain category, a glassfiber reinforced roll restrictor for the popular Opel Insignia also won an award. The component is manufactured using a KraussMaffei system that controls the concentration of reinforcing fibers to deliver highest strength where required and minimum weight. Carrying off these three awards, the Munich plastics engineering company has repeated its success in the SPE Automotive Awards 2007 when it also won three awards.
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) aims to promote communication among scientists and engineers working in fields related to the development, production and processing of plastics and plastics-based composites.