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25th September 2017, Troy, MI

Magna sweeps ACCE awards

Magna swept all three awards given at the recent Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition. The awards recognise outstanding innovations in the development and use of composites in the automotive industry.

“Our focus on design and material science drives the development of new and compelling products to help shape the car of the future,” said Magna Exteriors President Grahame Burrow. “We are honoured to receive recognition from SPE for these achievements that demonstrate our commitment to delivering innovative solutions that excite our customers.”


A prototype carbon fibre subframe developed jointly by Magna and Ford won the Process Innovation award. The Magna / Ford concept is said to achieve a 34% mass reduction and an 87% reduction in the number of parts compared to stamped steel. Prototype subframes are being produced by Magna for component and vehicle-level testing at Ford.

Magna swept all three awards given at the recent Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition. © Magna

Magna won the Materials Innovation award for its class-A body panel made from reclaimed carbon fibre. The panel, which weighs 30 to 40% less than an aluminium version, aims to showcase Magna’s expertise in sustainability, recyclability and lightweighting for automotive exteriors.

Both products tied for the People’s Choice award, which was determined by votes from the conference attendees.

Benefits of composites

The SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions jointly sponsor the annual Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE). The event is designed to educate and update transportation OEMs and suppliers about the benefits of thermoset and thermoplastic composites in passenger vehicles, light trucks, and other ground transportation applications.

Magna is a leading automotive supplier with 327 manufacturing operations and 100 product development, engineering and sales centres in 29 countries. It has complete vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing expertise, as well as product capabilities which include body, chassis, exterior, seating, powertrain, active driver assistance, vision, closure and roof systems and have electronic and software capabilities across many of these areas.

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