One award you might not be aware of:
Ridgeline Wins Society of Plastic Engineers 2005 Grand Award
NOV. 21 - At the annual Automotive Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) 2005 Innovation Awards Program, held November 16, Honda was awarded the evening's highest honor - the Grand Award - for the Ridgeline's Composite In-Bed Trunk. This is the first time in the 35-year history of the awards that Honda has received SPE's highest honor.
The Grand Award, which represents the most innovative of the year's nominations, is determined by a blue ribbon panel of 19 judges, comprised of specialists from throughout the automotive industry.
HRA representatives Kevin Thelen, Mike Ishmael, Jason Rumninski, Jim Ryan and David Edwards were present on the 16th to accept the award.
Earlier in the evening, the Ridgeline had also won the award in the Body Exterior Category for its Composite In-Bed Trunk.
"We are working closely with our local suppliers to create innovative and highly competitive products," said David Iida, Corporate Spokesperson, Honda North America, Inc. "Winning the SPE Grand Award is a tribute to the work of our associates and the suppliers involved in the development of the Composite In-Bed Trunk."
The suppliers for the Composite In-Bed Trunk's development are:
System Supplier: Meridian Automotive Systems
Material Processor: Meridian Automotive Systems
Tooling Supplier: Century/Global Tooling Systems
Material Supplier: Meridian/Ashland
The mission of SPE International is to promote scientific and engineering knowledge relating to plastics worldwide and to educate industry, academia and the public about these advances. SPE's Automotive Division is active in educating, promoting, recognizing and communicating technical accomplishments for all phases of plastics and plastic-based composite developments in the global transportation industry. Topic areas include applications, materials, processing, equipment, tooling, design and development.