The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) announced the winners and finalists for its 42nd Automotive Innovation Awards Competition on November 7, 2012 during a Gala at Burton Manor in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, USA.

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Colonial Plastics was a finalist of the category: Performance & Customization for our Illuminated Engine Cover

    • OEM/vehicle: Ford Motor/2013 Ford Mustang
    • System supplier: Colonial Plastics
    • System supplier: Colonial Plastics
    • Material supplier: EMS-Grivory America
    • Resin: Grilamid TR 55 LX Nylon Blend
    • Tooling/equipment supplier: Colonial Mold

    A unique combination of injection-moulded PMMA, PC, and high-temperature (to 300°F/149°C) PA are used to provide thermal and chemical resistance for this engine cover, which has a chromed appearance during daylight but is illuminated in low-light conditions. The TECHNO (translucent, electrochromatic, high-intensity novelty optics) process applies an electro-chromatic layer and sealed low-voltage wiring/LED assembly that replaces the hazardous, time consuming, and costly chrome plating process while creating a unique effect that will not flake, peel or delaminate over time. The assembly is available on new vehicles or can be retrofit back four years.