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.

2022 Enlighten Award

In 2022, 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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Sustainable Product

Sustainable Product

Winner: Ford Motor Company
2022 F-150 Lightning

Runner Up: Lacks Enterprises
Composite Wheel Technology

Sustainable Process

Sustainable Process

Winner: Nemak
Recycled Materials for Sustainable Manufacturing and Product

Runner Up: ArcelorMittal
First Industrial Large Scale Dydrogen Direct Reduced Iron Test (H2 DRI Test)

Sustainable Materials

Sustainable Material

Winner: Ford Motor Company
100% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Ocean Plastic Wiring Haress Clips

Runner Up: Nucor Corporation
Econiq™, the World's First Net Zero Carbon Steel at Scale

Lightweighting Enabling Technology

Enabling Technology

Winner: Shiloh Industries and General Motors
ShilohCore Acoustic Patch Laminate (APL)

Runner Up: Bionic Mesh Design GmbH
Bionic Mesh Design

Runner Up: Human Horizons
Integrated High Pressure Die Casting (HPDC) Rear Cabin

Future of Lightweighting

Future of Lightweighting

Winner: McMaster University and Nemak
NemAlloy™, Novel Lightweight Automotive Aluminum Alloys

Runner Up: Adient Design & Technology
UltraThin Seating

Runner Up: Yanfeng International
Instrument Panel and Passenger Air Bag (IP PAB) Integration

Honorable Mention: csi entwicklungstechnik GmbH, AMC, BMW M, DITF
NaMiKo Biobased Automotive Center Console

Module Lightweighting

Module Lightweighting

Winner: BASF Corp., Toyota, and L&L Products
Toyota Tundra Second Row Seat Structure

Runner Up: Bocar Group
Toyota Tundra Rear End Post

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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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