Evonik was nominated for the AutomotiveINNOVATION Award from the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The specialty chemicals company was the only material manufacturer to finish third behind Continental and Toyoda Gosei, as the most innovative supplier in the fields of chassis, body and exterior.
The innovative strength of Evonik was assessed by Stephan Bratzel, director of the CAM Institute, with the development of PulPress™, a process for the cost-effective production of continuous fiber-reinforced profiles. By using ROHACELL® as the structural foam, the geometry of the profiles were verified in thickness and global or local radii. Applications for such profiles are bumpers, crash bars or chassis components.
“We are extremely pleased with this nomination,” said Oliver Eyrisch, head of the Evonik Automotive Team. “For us as mostly tier 3, it’s the very first time we are in the company of such well-respected automotive suppliers in a challenge like this. We are optimistic we’ll be here again and with new developments, soon.”