Finalists Chosen for 2011 PACE Awards

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Automotive News, Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.), and Ernst & Young have named thirty-five finalists for the 2011 Automotive News PACE Awards (PACE stands for Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence).

Now in its 17th year, the annual award celebrates automotive suppliers who have embraced innovation or adapted and reinvented themselves to meet the demands of the original equipment manufacturers. This prestigious award sets the standard for excellence and is recognized around the world. Every year hundreds of automotive suppliers around the globe submit their ideas to win this distinguished award.

A select panel of industry experts will review each entry over the next few months. Winners will be announced during the Annual SAE World Congress on April 11, 2011 at a ceremony held at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.

This is TRC Inc.’s tenth year as an awards sponsor.

Below are the companies and their finalist entries, by category.

Product:

Behr GmbH & Co.
Stuttgart
For: Comfort Vent for Air Conditioning Systems

Behr GmbH & Co.
Stuttgart
For: Storage Evaporator for Vehicles with Start-Stop Systems

BorgWarner Morse TEC
Auburn Hills, Mich.
For: Variable Camshaft Timing System with Mid Position Lock

Continental AG
Hanover, Germany, and Auburn Hills, Mich.
For: Continental Accelerator Force Feedback Pedal (AFFP)

Continental AG
Hanover, Germany, and Auburn Hills, Mich.
For: Continental EC Fuel Pump

Delphi Automotive
Troy, Mich.
For: Delphi Multec Gas Direct Fuel Injector

DYMOS Inc.
Dongtan, South Korea
For: HKSF Optimized Seating Architecture

Eco Motors
Allen Park, Mich.
For: Eco Motors OPOC (Opposed Piston-Opposed Cylinder) Engine Technology

Federal-Mogul Corp.
Southfield, Mich.
For: EcoTough Piston Coating to Reduce Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions

Federal-Mogul Corp.
Southfield, Mich.
For: IROX Polymer Sliding Layer for Engine Bearings

Federal-Mogul Corp.
Southfield, Mich.
For: Low-Friction LKZ Oil Ring

Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership
Plymouth, Mich.
For: Freudenberg-NOK FluoroXprene Fluoroelastomers

Henkel Corp.
Madison Heights, Mich.
For: Terophon High Damping Foam

Honeywell Turbo Technologies
Torrance, Calif.
For: Honeywell DualBoost Turbocharger for Medium-Duty Diesel Engines

Hutchinson FTS Inc.
Troy, Mich.
For: Inline Heat Exchanger (IHX) for Mobile A/C Systems

Janesville Acoustics
Southfield, Mich.
For: Molded Fiber IP Closeouts with Integrated Lighting and Ducts

Key Safety Systems Inc.
Sterling Heights, Mich.
For: INFLATABELT (Inflatable Seat Belt System)

Lear Corp.
Southfield, Mich.
For: Evolution Seat

Lear Corp.
Southfield, Mich.
For: Lear Plug-in and Electric Vehicle Charging Systems

Lear Corp.
Southfield, Mich.
For: Lear Solid State Smart Junction Box (S3JBTM)

Mahle GmbH
Stuttgart
For: Electrical Waste Gate Actuator

Martinrea International Inc.
Troy, Mich.
For: Infinicote Waterborne Corrosion and Chemical Resistant Coating

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH
Regensburg, Germany
For: OSTAR Headlamp – LED Headlamp Light Source

Robert Bosch GmbH
Stuttgart
For: Bosch P2 Parallel Full Hybrid System

Robert Bosch GmbH
Stuttgart
For: Windshield Wiper Direct Drive System

Schaeffler Technologies
Troy, Mich.
For: INA Lightweight Balance Shaft with Roller Bearings

TK Holdings Inc.
Auburn Hills, Mich.
For: Vacuum Folding Technology

TRW Occupant Safety Systems
Alfdorf, Germany, and Washington, Mich.
For: Self Adaptive Load Limiter

Valeo SA
Paris
For: BeamAtic Premium – Non-Glaring High Beam

Valeo SA
Paris
For: Dual Direct Drive Front Wiper System

Woodbridge Group
Mississauga, Ontario
For: StrataLiner NET – High-Performance Headliner Composite Boards

Process:

Federal-Mogul Corp.
Southfield, Mich.
For: K16 bonded pistons

Valeo SA
Paris
For: Insulated Molded Leadframe (IML) Technology

Information Technology:

Dassault Systemes
Dearborn, Mich.
For: Powertrain Digital Integration and Automation (PDIA)

OEConnection
Richfield, Ohio
For: FordParts.Com portal