PACE Award

The PACE Award is an annual award from Automotive News. The focus of the award is an innovation (i) developed primarily by a supplier, (ii) that is new to the automotive industry, (iii) that is in use (e.g., used on a vehicle in production), and (iv) that "changes the rules of the game." Awards have been given for products, materials, processes, capital equipment, software and services. A panel of independent judges from industry, finance, research, and academia choose finalists from the initial applicants, make site visits to evaluate the innovation, and then gather to select winners, independent of the sponsors. Winners to date include suppliers from Japan, Korea, China, the US, Canada, Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Poland and other European countries.[1] Among the most awarded companies over the years are BorgWarner, Delphi Automotive, Federal-Mogul (acquired in 2018 by Tenneco), Valeo and PPG Industries as well as Robert Bosch GmbH, Gentex Corporation, and Siemens.[2]

PACE Award Trophy

Automotive News and Ernst & Young founded the program, which gave out the first awards in 1995 to celebrate innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers. The black-tie awards ceremony has been held just prior to the annual SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) convention in Detroit. The costs of the program (administration, judges out-of-pocket expenses, and the award ceremony) are paid by a combination of application fees and money from sponsors. For the 2019-20 the sponsors were Deloitte, APMA (the Ontario, Canada Automotive Modernization Program) and Invest Canada.[3] Historically the annual award cycle began with gathering applications (through the end of summer, with online submissions); the selection of 30-35 finalists, who were announced at the auto industry's annual Global Leadership Conference in October at the Greenbrier; site visits by judges in November and December; the selection of winners in late January or early February; and the announcement of winners at a black tie event in Detroit in March or April.

For the 2019-2020 award cycle PACE added recognition as a PACE Pilot, which targeted pre-commercial innovations, to try to capture the rise of innovations tied to safety, fuel efficiency, vehicle electrification and driving assist/driving automation. This award attempts to capture innovations earlier in the development cycle, e.g. when they show up in announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 awards were made online. No decisions have been made on how the Awards process will adapt in 2020-21 in the face of the pandemic.


Awards programs such as PACE are potential sources for studying the nature of technological change. One such attempt is in Smitka and Warrian (2017). In Chapter 6, "Automotive Innovation Model and the Supply Chain: PACE Awards", they find that: "The results indicate that technology-pull is dominant, not technology-push. We do observe some innovation that seems to represent using new materials to implement a well-understood approach that was not previously cost-effective or otherwise was not used. We also find the occasional bright idea that in some cases could have been implemented decades ago, had anyone thought to try. However, overall we find that new vehicle technologies are responses to regulatory pressure to improve safety, limit emissions, and improve fuel efficiency."[4] Similarly, David Andrea notes in Forbes that: "While the popular press is having an interesting debate on whether Detroit or Silicon Valley will have the greatest influence over the mobility revolution, the 2019 PACE awards are dominated by the suppliers with the deepest R&D capabilities and longest histories of commercializing innovation. Reviewing the finalists, it is interesting that the vast majority, 26 of the 31 come from what would be considered "traditional suppliers." And only 6 of the firms are located outside 100 miles of industry's Detroit epicenter. Perhaps this is the result of selection bias as the process to submit applications, meet with judges, produce promotional materials and the like is not small in budget of executive time and funds, two resources always in short supply in smaller firms or start-ups." [5]


WinnersEdit

From 1997, citations describing the winning innovations are available on the Automotive News PACE Award web site. Winners for years not listed below, as well as citations that provide a one-paragraph overview of the innovation, can be found on the PACE Awards web site.

1995[6]Edit

1996[7]Edit

1997[8]Edit

1998[9]Edit

1999[10]Edit

2000[11]Edit

2001[12]Edit

Product Innovation:

Information Technology/Internet:

Management Practice:

Manufacturing Process:

Europe:

Open Category - Enduring Innovations:

Open Category - Environmental:

  • BASF - Integrated Process

2002[13]Edit

Product Innovation:

Europe:

Information Technology:

2003[14]Edit

Product Innovation:

Product Europe:

Manufacturing Process & Capital Equipment:

Information Technology & Services:

  • Perceptron Inc. - AutoGauge FMS In-Process Measuring System

2004[15]Edit

Product Innovation:

Product Europe:

Process:

  • BASF - ColorCARE software for controlling and comparing paint color
  • DuPont - Wet on Wet Two Tone Products
  • Filter Specialists - FERRX 5000 magnetic separation device to remove ferrous particles of the initial, e-coat, prior to the application of base coat paint

Information Technology:

2005[16]Edit

Product:

Product Europe:

Manufacturing Process & Capital Equipment:

Information Technology & Services:

Innovative OEM Collaborator Awards:

2006[17]Edit

Product:

Product Europe:

Manufacturing Process & Capital Equipment:

Information Technology:

  • CogniTens - OptiCell Non-Contact Measuring System for quality control inspection

Innovative OEM Collaborator Awards:

2007[18]Edit

Product:

Product Europe:

Manufacturing Process & Capital Equipment:

Information Technology:

  • RTT USA - RTT DeltaGen visualization toolset
  • Tenneco - Diesel Aftertreatment Predictive Development Process

Innovative OEM Collaborator Awards:

2008[19]Edit

Product:

Product Europe:

Manufacturing Process & Capital Equipment:

Information Technology and Services:

Innovation Partnership Awards:

2009[20]Edit

Product:

Product Europe:

Manufacturing Process & Capital Equipment:

  • Alcoa - Alcoa's Vacuum Die Casting (AVDC) for Lightweight Door Assemblies
  • Henkel - Bonderite TecTalis Pre-treatment Process

Information Technology & Services:

Innovation Partnership Awards:

2010[21]Edit

Product:

Product Europe:

Manufacturing Process & Capital Equipment:

Informatian Technology & Services:

Innovation PArtnership Awards:

2011[22]Edit

Product:

Manufacturing Process:

Innovative Partnership Awards:

2012[23]Edit

Product:

Manufacturing Process:

  • Delphi Automotive - Delphi Thermal Multi Port Folded Tube Condenser
  • Federal-Mogul Corporation - Two-Dimensional Ultrasonic Testing for Raised Gallery Diesel Pistons (Manufacturing Process)
  • Nalco Company - APEX Program-Sustainable Technology for Paint Detackification
  • PPG Industries - B1 and B2 Compact Process Paint Technology
  • 3M/Esys Automation - Robotic Production System with Wheel Weights for Precision Tire and Wheel Balancing

Innovation Partnership Awards:

2013[24]Edit

Product

Manufacturing Process and Capital Equipment

Information Technology

Innovation Partnership Winners

2014[25]Edit

Product

  • Autoliv Inc. - Vårgårda Sweden - "Green" Airbag Inflator
  • BASF Corp. - Wyandotte. Mich. - Mold in Color High Touch, High Gloss Black Interior Door Switch Bezels
  • BorgWarner Transmission Systems - Auburn Hills, Mich. - BorgWarner Stop/Start Accumulator Solenoid Valve (Eco-Launch™ Solenoid Valve)
  • Continental Automotive - Chassis and Safety Business Unit - Auburn Hills, Mich. - Pressure Sensor for Pedestrian Protection (PPS pSAT)
  • Delphi Automotive - Warren, Ohio - ErgoMate™ Mechanical Assist System
  • Dow Automotive Systems - Auburn Hills, Mich. - BETAMATE™ Epoxy Structural Adhesive for Durable Bonding of Untreated Aluminum
  • Federal-Mogul – Wiesbaden, Germany - High Performance Bearings Without Lead
  • HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co. - Lippstadt, Germany - LED Matrix Beam Head Lights
  • Robert Bosch LLC - Farmington Hills, Mich. - Spray Enhancements in Gasoline Direct Injection Enabled by Laser Drilling
  • Schaeffler Group - Wooster, Ohio - Torque Converter with Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber
  • Valeo - Driving Assistance Product Group - Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany - Back-over Protection System
  • ZF Friedrichshafen - Saarbrucken, Germany - Car Powertrain Technology Division - ZF's 9-speed Automatic Transmission

Manufacturing Process and Capital Equipment

  • ArcelorMittal and Magna-Cosma International - Chicago - Laser Ablation Process
  • Henkel Corporation - Madison Heights, Mich. - BONDERITE® 2798™ Process for High Aluminum
  • TI Automotive - Auburn Hills, Mich. - Adaptable Plastic Fuel Tank Advanced Process Technology (TAPT) for all vehicle powertrains

Innovation Partnership Winners

2015[26]Edit

2020[27]Edit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PACE Awards winners pulldown menu". Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  2. ^ "PACE Awards". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  3. ^ "PACE Awards". Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  4. ^ Smitka, Michael; Warrian, Peter (2017). A Profile of the Global Auto Industry: Innovation and Dynamics. Business Expert Press. p. 67. ISBN 978-1-63157-297-5.
  5. ^ https://www.forbes.com/sites/daveandrea/2018/10/24/pace-awards-give-an-interesting-window-on-emerging-automotive-technology/
  6. ^ "1995 PACE Award Winners 1995". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  7. ^ "1996 PACE Award Winners". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  8. ^ "1997 PACE Award Winners". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  9. ^ "Past Winners 1998". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  10. ^ "Past Winners 1999". Automotive News. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
  11. ^ "Past Winners 2000". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  12. ^ "Past Winners 2001". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  13. ^ "Past Winners 2002". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  14. ^ "Past Winners 2003". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  15. ^ "Past Winners 2004". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  16. ^ "Past Winners 2005". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  17. ^ "Past Winners 2006". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  18. ^ "Past Winners 2007". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  19. ^ "Past Winners 2008". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  20. ^ "Past Winners 2009". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  21. ^ "Past Winners 2010". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  22. ^ "Past Winners 2011". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  23. ^ "Past Winners 2012". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  24. ^ "Past Winners 2013". Automotive News. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  25. ^ "Past Winners 2014". www.autonews.com. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  26. ^ "Past Winners 2015". www.autonews.com. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  27. ^ "Past Winners 2020". www.autonews.com. Retrieved 2020-06-04.

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