The Altair Enlighten Award is intended to honor the greatest achievements in weight savings each year; to inspire interest from industry, engineering, policymakers, educators, students and the public; to create further competition for new ideas in the industry; and to provide an incentive to share technological advances.
The Altair Enlighten Award 2014, presented in collaboration with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), recognized achievements in weight reduction across the automotive industry from motorcycles to passenger cars, light-trucks to commercial vehicles and buses..
The 2014 award was won by Jaguar Land Rover for its approach to sustainability. Its lightweight vehicle strategy takes a holistic approach to CO2 reduction, linking strategies of weight reduction in the body and chassis systems to powertrain and related secondary weight savings, while maximizing recycled material use and lowering energy consumption during the manufacturing stage.
The overall result is a significant decrease in the carbon footprint of the vehicle, verified through lifecycle analysis tools. Body and chassis weight savings are focused on the use of lightweight metals (primarily aluminium and magnesium) and plastics (both composites and thermoplastics), as well as an overall target of 40 percent weight savings over a conventional steel spot-welded body with equivalent or improved attributes.
This year, Dow Automotive Systems was recognized as runner up for its BETAMATE™ bonding solution and its application on Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks. BETAMATE™ two-part epoxy structural adhesive is an industry-first material engineered to enable a new automated robotic process for untreated aluminium bonding. The solution has led to a weight reduction of 9 kg (20 lbs) as well as cost savings for its use in truck cabins.
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