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PACE Awards announces 33 finalists

Honors for market-changing innovations

Thirty-three innovations from 27 component and technology suppliers around the world have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Automotive News PACE Awards.

The winners will be announced April 9 at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.

The PACE Awards — now in their 24th year — identify supplier innovations that have entered the market and are delivering measurable customer benefits.

The finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, include new products and enhancements in autonomous drive controls, passenger comfort, electric-vehicle components, lightweight materials, display features, safety technologies and powertrain efficiency.

They were drawn from an industrywide application process that is open to automotive companies around the world.

Here are the 2018 finalists and their innovations:

A123 SystemsLivonia, Mich.48V UltraPhosphate Battery

AxleTech InternationalTroy, Mich.Front Drive Independent Axle Suspension

BorgWarnerAuburn Hills, Mich.Wire Forming for High Voltage Motors

ContinentalAuburn Hills, Mich.DMD Head Up Display

ContinentalAuburn Hills, Mich.Safety Domain Control Unit

Cooper StandardLivonia, Mich.Fortrex Lightweight Elastomeric Material

DanaMaumee, Ohio6000 Nm Rzeppa CV Joint

DelphiWuppertal, GermanyAluminum Intermediate Cable, Selective Metal Coating

DelphiKokomo, Ind.Delphi V2V Dedicated Short Range Communication

DelphiWest Henrietta, N.Y.Gas Engine Particulate Reduction Fuel Injection System

Dow Automotive SystemsAuburn Hills, Mich.VORAFUSE P6300 epoxy

Federal-Mogul Powertrain SealingSouthfield, Mich.BOSTEC Cylinder Head Gaskets

GHSPGrand Haven, Mich.Rotary Shift by Wire with return to Park feature

Hella — Car Comfort AccessPlymouth, Mich.Static Remote Key Attack Protection

IEEContern, LuxembourgSteering wheel hands-on/off detection

Lear Corp.Southfield, Mich.Lear Virtual Proving Ground

Magna ElectronicsAuburn Hills, Mich.Trailer Angle Detection

Mahle Metal LeveJundiai, BrazilNew U-Flex Oil Control Ring

NemakFrankfurtRotacast Lightweight Aluminum Casting

Plastic Omnium Auto InergyTroy, Mich.INWIN Fuel System for PHEV

Robert BoschPlymouth, Mich.Integrated Connectivity Cluster

Robert BoschPlymouth, Mich.Redundant Brake System for Highly Automated Driving

SchaefflerWooster, OhioSchaeffler Integrated Torque Converter

Sika AutomotiveHamburg, GermanySikaMelt Hotmelt Adhesive

SKF USAElgin, Ill.Scotseal HD Truck Wheel End Seal

Strattec Power AccessAuburn Hills, Mich.Overhead Spindle Power Liftgate

Techno Polymer AmericaLivonia, Mich.Hushlloy — squeak-eliminating plastic for automotive interiors

TK HoldingsAuburn Hills, Mich.Driver State System

Toyoda Gosei, Safety System Engineering DivisionKiyosu, JapanIntegrated Driver Airbag Damper

ValeoCreteil, France48V air-cooled integrated Belt Starter Generator

ValeoBietigheim-Bissingen, GermanySCALA Laser Scanner

Valeo Thermal SystemsLa Verriere, FranceR-744 AC System

VisteonVan Buren Township, Mich.SmartCore – Cockpit Domain Controller

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