Automotive suppliers face relentless new demands for industry-changing technical solutions.
As automakers stare down the task of producing a new era of vehicles that are safer, lighter, more fuel efficient and more appealing to consumers, their suppliers must do what has never been done before.
Breakthrough innovations must not only solve customer needs, they must do so within commercial parameters. Fuel efficiency gains must not add weight. Shorter production cycles cannot add cost.
This is the industry's true yardstick for innovation: Better ideas must move the needle toward a better product, while remaining commercially viable.
The Automotive News PACE Awards this year spotlight 34 product and process innovations from suppliers. The awards, now in their 23rd year, showcase new marketable ideas ranging from touch-free infotainment control to high-speed gear cutting.