11 suppliers win 12 Automotive News PACE Awards

New ideas in how to control vehicles and how to build them better have earned 11 suppliers a total of 12 Automotive News PACE Awards for 2022.

Continental, American Axle & Manufacturing and Magna International are among the winners. Yazaki Corp. won two PACE awards.

Automotive News announced the winners Monday night at a gala presentation at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.

The Automotive News PACE Award, now in its 28th year, recognizes supplier innovations that make it into commercial use.

This year’s recognitions, awarded by an independent panel of PACE judges, range from Aptiv and NVIDIA‘s advances in developing software-defined vehicles, to a more flexible way to run wires through a vehicle in assembly from Yazaki, and Dürr Systems’ faster and more precise way to paint vehicles in two colors.

Supplier innovation is in the industry spotlight right now with automakers under pressure to deliver new-era powertrains, faster development of new models, lower manufacturing costs and software-based product enhancements.

Separately, the PACE Award program recognized three technology partnerships between suppliers and their OEM customers resulting in advancements that reached the marketplace.

The Automotive News PACE Innovation Partnership winners include:

2022 Automotive News PACE Award winners are:

American Axle & Manufacturing
P3 two-speed electric drive technology

Carmel, Ind.
Central vehicle controller

Auburn Hills, Mich.
MK C2 one-box brake system

Dana Inc.
Maumee, Ohio
Spicer electrified e-propulsion and e-power system

Dürr Systems Inc.
Southfield, Mich.
Overspray-free paint application

Joyson Safety Systems
Auburn Hills, Mich.
Pyrotechnic battery disconnect

Troy, Mich.
Auto-adjusting balance blocks for stamping

Martinrea International U.S. Inc.
Auburn Hills, Mich.
Brake lines with GrapheneGuard

Santa Clara, Calif.
DRIVE Hyperion

Cergy Pontoise, France
Dual-mass flywheel pendulum damper

Yazaki Corp.
Susono City, Japan
Narrow focus lens technology

Yazaki Corp.
Susono City, Japan
Flexible wire with improved routing in the vehicle

The 2022 PACE Award also cites 12 suppliers as Automotive News PACEpilot Innovations to Watch for their early development work on emerging technologies. These include HEVO Inc. of Brooklyn for a wireless EV charging program, a program by Nodar of Boston to commercialize a camera-based 3D vision platform, and a new 10-degree dual-actuator rear-wheel steering system from South Korea’s Hyundai Mobis.

The 12 citations for 2022 Automotive News PACEpilot Innovations to Watch include:

American Axle & Manufacturing
Integrated three-in-one wheel-end electric drive

ABC Technologies Inc.
Variable cooling technology for blow molding

Algolux Inc.
Eos embedded perception software

Galesburg, Mich.
Breaktor circuit protection technology

Wireless EV charging

Hyundai Mobis
Seoul, South Korea
10-degree dual-actuator rear-wheel steering system

Lear Corp.
Southfield, Mich.
Distributed occupant safety system

Troy, Mich.
Aural 5R alloy

Hammerhead™ camera-based 3D vision platform

Plastic Omnium
Levallois-Perret, France
4D imaging radar

Tula Technology
San Jose, Calif.
Dynamic motor drive

Troy, Mich.
TrimVisible BIO foam

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