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Enlighten Award Past Participants

Since its inception a decade ago, the Enlighten Award has showcased some of the industry’s finest innovations that reduce weight, minimize waste, and drive sustainability and reuse initiatives. The Enlighten Award is coveted by the world’s foremost manufacturers and boundary-pushing new startups alike – all determined in their goal to give rise to the future of vehicle lightweighting technology. Below you can explore and hear testimonials from past participants, runners-up, and winners in the most recent award ceremonies.

2023 Enlighten Award

In 2023, the Enlighten Award celebrated the greatest sustainability and lightweighting advancements that successfully reduce carbon footprint, mitigate water and energy consumption, and leverage material reuse and recycling efforts.

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The 2024 Polestar 2 passenger vehicle is pictured above the Nikola Tre FCEV class 8 vehicle.

Sustainable Product

Winner - Passenger Vehicle: Polestar
Polestar 2 MY24

Winner - Class 8: Nikola Corporation
Nikola Tre FCEV

Runner-up: Lucid Motors
Lucid Air Sedan

Close-up photo of the DRI pellets produced at ArcelorMittal's Port-Cartier plant.

Sustainable Process

Winner: ArcelorMittal
Use of Biomass for Carbon Neutral Steelmaking at ArcelorMittal

Runner-up: Brose Antriebstechnik GmbH, Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, and Berlin
Reman-Drive - A Remanufactured Drive Unit of Brose E-bike

Honorable Mention: Kasai Kogyo Co. Ltd.
Kasai Hi-Papia (KHP), Kasai Original Sustainable Material

A mobile phone displaying the Volteras Connect API's front-end user interface.

Responsible AI

Winner: Volteras
A Novel Way to Connect the Electric Vehicle Ecosystem Together

The resin seat frame design in the 2024 Toyota Tacoma™ TRD Pro model.

Enabling Technology

Winner: Toyota, BASF Corp., and US Farathane
World’s First Adoption of Resin Frame for IsoDynamic Seat

Runner-up: NIO
HPDC Material and Processing Methods Enable Efficient Structural Design

Close up photo of the ProX IsoDynamic Seat’s back frame design in the 2024 Toyota Tacoma™ TRD Pro model.

Module Lightweighting

Winner: Toyota, Adient, and Multimatic
IsoDynamic Seat – Accra® SuperStructure

Runner-up: Nemak
BMW E-Bracket Made by Nemak

Marelli developed a lightweight polyurethane foam for foam-in-place (FIP) applications, such as the main dashboard panel in this photo..

Future of Lightweighting

Winner: Marelli
Lightweight Urethane for Interior Products

Runner-up: Solvay Specialty Polymers
Ajedium™ PEEK Slot Liners

Honorable Mention: Michigan Technological University for Auto/Steel Partnership
Steel E-Motive Side Closure Mechanism

Honorable Mention: WorldAutoSteel and Ricardo plc
Steel Body Structures for Fully Autonomous Vehicles

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Sustainable Product
Winner: Ford Motor Company
Runner-up: Lacks Enterprises

Sustainable Process
Winner: Nemak
Runner-up: ArcelorMittal

Sustainable Material
Winner: Ford Motor Company
Runner-up: Nucor Corporation

Enabling Technology
Winner: Shiloh Industries and General Motors
Runner-up: Bionic Mesh Designs GmbH
Runner-up: Human Horizons

Future of Lightweighting
Winner: McMaster University and Nemak
Runner-up: Adient Design & Technology
Runner-up: Yanfeng International
Honorable Mention: csi entwicklungstechnik GmbH, AMC, BMWM, and DITF

Module Lightweighting
Winner: BASF Corp., Toyota, and L&L Products
Runner-up: Bocar Group

2022 Awards Summary


Future of Lightweighting
Winner: American Axle & Manufacturing
Runner-up: Shiloh Industries

Lightweighting Enabling Technology
Winner: ArcelorMittal
Runner-up: JAC Group

Module Lightweighting
Winner: Stellantis, BASF, L&L Products
Runner-up: Rassini Suspensions

Sustainable Process
Winner: Faurecia
Runner-up: Henkel, Nihon Parkerizing

Sustainable Product
Winner - Component: Magna International
Winner - Vehicle: Ford Motor Company
Runner-up: SAIC GM Wuling Automovile Co., Ltd.

2021 Awards Summary


Full Vehicle
Winner: Harley Davidson
Runner-up: Nissan

Future of Lightweighting
Winner: Marelli
Runner-up: Nissan

Lightweighting Enabling Technology
Winner: Mubea
Runner-up: DuPont
Honorable Mention: Mazda

Winner: Toyota
Runner-up: ZF

2020 Awards Summary

Hear From Past Winners

Altair Enlighten Award Webinar Series - The Heavy Impact of Lightweighting

Three Enlighten Award winners share their journey of innovation to develop award-winning technology solutions that have significantly advanced lightweighting for vehicles. The webinar highlights the success of the Altair Enlighten Award in elevating initiatives to advance vehicle lightweighting. The panel of speakers discusses how technology advancements have advanced the impetus for vehicle lightweighting and its importance as it supports organizational sustainability goals and the automotive industry overall.


Toyota Wins the Module Category for the 2017 Altair Enlighten Award

Toyota won the module category of the 2017 Altair Enlighten Award for its carbon fiber reinforced plastic closure panels used on the 2017 Prius Prime liftgate and the 2017 Lexus LC side and luggage doors. JP Flaharty, Executive Program Manager at Toyota North America, shares his thoughts on winning the award and walks us through the development of the pieces.


Ford's Thoughts on Relationship with Altair for Lightweighting

John Viera, Global Director, Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters at Ford Motor Company, gives his thoughts on the relationship with Altair and its importance as the company continues to drive down vehicle weight.


Cadillac Wins the 2016 Altair Enlighten Award's Full Vehicle Category

Cadillac’s entry was one of twenty-one finalists that competed for the awards, winning its category for its strategic approach to weight reduction. Simulation methodologies including topology and multi-disciplinary optimization studies were used extensively throughout the vehicle’s development to ensure an efficient use of material. In addition, an innovative use of mixed materials were employed across the CT6 to further minimize weight without compromise to performance.

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