DETROIT -- The Society of Plastic Engineers annual awards were a big deal this year – literally. My first time judging was in 1999 and I can’t recall a nominated component that wasn’t single-hand­edly carried in by the presenter. This year’s competition, held in early November at the American Plastics Council’s facility in Troy, MI, was highlighted by a number of big plastic components. A hybrid front-end mod­ule for the Audi A2 and a pickup box for the Chevy Sil­verado are just two ...

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