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Finalists Named for First-Ever Automotive Lightweighting Innovation Award

October 5, 2018 –The Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) will be announcing the winner of the first-ever Lightweighting Innovation Award at the 3rd Annual Automotive Lightweighting Summit on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. This year’s Lightweighting Innovation Award, sponsored by Ducker Worldwide, will honor innovative lightweighting applications, their benefits and the company responsible for the innovation.

Judges will select a winner from 15 finalists who have demonstrated pioneering lightweighting applications ranging from 3D printed brackets, to driveline technologies providing more than 40 percent mass-savings, to over-molded composite and steel control arms that push the boundaries of innovation. The judging panel for 2018 includes respected automotive industry leaders who are subject matter experts in lightweighting advancements:

  • Abhay (Abe) Vadhavkar, Director of Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology, Center for Automotive Research (CAR)
  • Nigel Francis, CEO and Executive Director, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT)
  • Lindsay Brooke, Editor-in-Chief of Automotive Engineeringand Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Magazines, SAE International

“The Lightweighting Summit has evolved since its inception and this year features an expanded speaker line-up, a lunch with a keynote speaker and a focus on how lightweighting affects all levels of the value chain,” said SAA President, Chris Brower. “We believe that the new award will give a well-deserved spotlight to the many lightweighting innovations occurring in the automotive industry today.”

“The award provides us with the opportunity to recognize exceptional lightweighting innovations that are developed anywhere in the world, and to encourage new ideas and perspectives,” added Abey Abraham, Managing Director, Ducker Worldwide. “The SAA believes it is important that we promote innovative design, engineering and manufacturing of products and systems that will help the industry reach its aggressive weight-savings goals. The introduction of this award lends crucial visibility to breakthroughs that have the power to not only reduce weight, but open the door to future lightweighting innovations.”

SAA’s Automotive Lightweighting Summit will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank in Detroit, MI. More information on the event and the SAA can be found at

Nominations for the 2019 Lightweighting Innovation Award will be accepted on the SAA website ( following the SAA’s Automotive Outlook Conference which will take place on January 13, 2019 at the Gem Theater in Detroit.


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