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23 finalists selected for 2008 PACE awards

DETROIT — Twenty-three finalists have been chosen for the 2008 Automotive News PACE Awards.

PACE stands for Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence. The 14th annual awards celebrate innovation by original-equipment suppliers in products and processes.

Winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges.

Winners will be announced April 14 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. Information on the innovations will be featured in our March issues.

The awards are co-sponsored by Microsoft, SAP and the Transportation Research Center Inc.

Here are the categories and finalists and their innovations.


Code Systems Inc.

Troy, Mich.

For: GM Advanced 2-Way Remote Start System

Cummins Inc.

Columbus, Ind.

For: Cummins 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel

Delphi Corp./Sirius Satellite Radio

Kokomo, Ind.

For: Sirius Backseat TV

Dow Automotive

Auburn Hills, Mich.


Eaton Corp.

Marshall, Mich.


Federal-Mogul Ignition Products

Southfield, Mich.

For: Federal-Mogul SureFire Ceramic Spark Plug Insulator

Gentex Corp.

Zeeland, Mich.

For: Rear Camera Display Mirror

Johnson Controls Inc.

Plymouth, Mich.

For: riAct Rear Impact Active Head Restraint

Lear Corp.

Southfield, Mich.

For: ProTec PluS

Magneti Marelli Sistemas Automotivos SA

Hortolandia, Brazil


Mahle Technology Inc.

Farmington Hills, Mich.

For: MAHLE CamlnCam

Remy Inc.

Anderson, Ind.

For: High Voltage Hairpin



For: Motorcycle Airbag

Timken Co.

Canton, Ohio

For: Timken MPS 160

Xanavi Informatics Corp./ Sony Corp.

Zama, Japan

For: Around View Monitor AVM


BorgWarner Turbo & Emissions Systems

Kirchheimbolanden, Germany, and Auburn Hills, Mich.

For: Turbocharger with Regulated Two-Stage (R2S)

Siemens VDO

Pisa, Italy, and Auburn Hills, Mich.

For: Pizeo Direct Injection System for Gasoline Applications

Valeo Switches & Detection Systems

Bietigheim, Germany; Troy, Mich.

For: Park 4U Semi-Automatic Parallel Parking

Manufacturing Process and Capital Equipment

Delphi Thermal Systems/Alcoa

Lockport, N.Y.

For: 5 Layer Aluminum Braze Sheet

PPG Industries Inc.

Troy, Mich.

For: Green Logic

Webasto AG

Stockdorf, Germany

Polycarbonate Panoramic Roof Module

Information Technology and Services

Siemens PLM Software

Plano, Texas

For: UGS Synergy

Tenneco Inc.

Lake Forest, Ill.

For: TEN-KBME Tenneco Knowledge Based Manufacturing & Engineering

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