DETROIT – Eleven auto suppliers received their 2005 Automotive News PACE Awards for innovation during a ceremony at the Max M. Fisher Music Center here.
Valeo of France was recognized for its lane-departure warning technology developed in partnership with Iteris, a US supplier of sensor technology.
Martin Haub, Valeo’s vice president for product marketing and r&d, promised more innovation from his company.
“This is only the beginning,” Haub said. “We are confident we will be up here again.”
Valeo was the only European supplier among the six winners in the Product category for innovations that have a significant market impact.
Siemens VDO Automotive of Germany was the single winner in the Manufacturing Process category for innovations involving game-changing processes.
Siemens VDO won the award for its DEKA VII electronic gasoline fuel injector.
Winners in the Product-Europe category for innovations that are developed and first commercialized in Europe were:
1. Mercedes-Benz for collaborating with Sick Inc. on a safety light curtain.
2. The Chrysler group for its work on a window-lift device with Dura Automotive Systems.
The PACE awards celebrate the spirit of innovation in the global automotive industry.
The PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excel-lence) Award is presented by Automotive News, Automotive News Europe’s sister publication, together with consultancy Capgemini and the Transportation Research Center of Ohio, USA.
Additional sponsors are the city of Sunderland, England, and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association.
– Staff report