Taking a look at the finalists in the nine categories of the Society of Plastic Engineer’s 2005 35th Annual Automotive Innovation Awards seemingly would indicate most of the pioneering work being done with the material is by the U.S. Big Three. Eighteen of the 32 finalists belong to General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group. And it could be more lopsided. That tally distinguishes Adam Opel AG and Mercedes Group as European manufacturers, even though GM owns the former and the ...

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