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AAM’s QUANTUM Driveline Wins SAA’s First-Ever Lightweighting Innovation Award

AAM’s QUANTUM Driveline Wins SAA’s First-Ever Lightweighting Innovation Award

November 1, 2018 –The Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) awarded its inaugural Lightweighting Innovation Award to American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) for its QUANTUM™ Driveline technology, which is scalable across multiple applications and offers significant mass reduction (up to 35 percent) without sacrificing performance or power. The announcement was made at SAA’s 3rd Annual Lightweighting Summit on Oct. 24, 2018.

“At AAM, lightweighting is at the core of what we do each day and it drives our future product development as we shift to techonologies that increase efficiency and performance while reducing mass,” said Chris Son, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, AAM.“We are honored to receive the first Lightweighting Innovation Award for QUANTUM and thank SAA and the judges.”

QUANTUM axle technology delivers reduced mass, increased power density, improved noise vibration and harshness (NVH) and efficiency gains in a more compact system package regardless of vehicle size.

QUANTUM’s new design is centered on using traditional axle components in new ways. Bearings are arranged more efficiently and gears are set in optimal positions. AAM’s engineers utilized system innovation to eliminate weight by combining functions of many components and developing proprietary lubricants that increase system efficiency and durability.

The Lightweighting Innovation Award, sponsored by Ducker Worldwide, honored innovative lightweighting applications, their benefits and the company responsible for the innovation. Judges selected the winner from 15 finalists including:

  • GMC and Continental Structural Plastics for the 2019 GMC Sierra Composite Truck Bed
  • BMW for its 2018/19 BMW i8 Roadster 3D Printed Bracket
  • Asahi Kasei for its 2018/19 Mazda MX-5 Super Lightweight Brake Pedal Bracket
  • Meridian Technologies for its 2019 Jeep Wrangler Magnesium Tailgate Inner Casting
  • Iljin USA Corp. and BASF for the 2019 Ram 1500 Aluminum, Steel and Composite Control Arms
  • Shiloh Industries for its 2018 Shiloh CastLight Beam Axle
  • dlhBowles for its Thermoplastic Tubing
  • Audi, Conti and Brembo for the 2019 Audi E-Tron Electric Brake System
  • Brembo for its Lightweight ECS Brake Calipers
  • Nemak for its Lightweight Battery HPDC Aluminum Battery Boxes for PHEVs
  • GKN for its CounterTrack Integrated CV Joint
  • Sika Automotive for its SikaDamp® Ultra Lightweight Constrained Layer Damper
  • Nemak for its Rotocast Lightweight Aluminum Casting for Engine Blocks
  • Dow for its Vorafuse P6300 Short Cycle Time Epoxy

The award was judged by a three-person panel consisting of:

  • Abhay (Abe) Vadhavkar, Director of Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology, Center for Automotive Research (CAR)
  • Hadrian Rori, Chief Technical Officer, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT)
  • Lindsay Brooke, Editor-in-Chief of Automotive Engineeringand Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Magazines, SAE International

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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