Single Piece Cast Magnesium Liftgate Inner Panel
Ford Motor Company
2010 - PACE Award Winner
To Ford Motor Co. for its partnership with Meridian Lightweight Technologies Inc.
What: Single Piece Cast Magnesium Liftgate Inner Panel
Judge's Citation: Meridian Lightweight Technologies, Inc., in conjunction with The Ford Motor Company, have collaborated over the past ten years to develop and produce what is the largest magnesium structural casting ever for the automotive industry resulting in weight savings in excess of 20 pounds per vehicle. Numerous design, manufacturing and testing innovations were required by the Meridian and Ford engineering teams to produce this part. During the process Ford made their computing power available to Meridian for simulation runs. The success achieved has opened up numerous near term opportunities that will substantially improve Meridian's ability to work alongside manufactures like Ford to co-develop processes, software and testing abilities for unique structures.