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Less than One Month Left to Submit Entries for the 2014 Altair Enlighten Award

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Automotive lightweight design award to be presented at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars, Aug. 4-7 in Traverse City, Mich.

TROY, Mich., May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The deadline for submissions to the second annual 2014 Altair Enlighten Award is drawing near. Submissions will only be accepted through Friday, May 23, 2014. The Enlighten Award, presented in collaboration with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), is the automotive industry's only award program created specifically to acknowledge innovations in vehicle lightweighting. The award winner will be announced on the first day of the 2014 CAR Management Briefing Seminars (MBS) taking place Aug. 4-7 in Traverse City, Michigan.

"We are excited to see the broad range of solutions that vehicle manufacturers and suppliers are creating to meet their weight and performance goals," said David Mason, Senior Vice President, Global Automotive for Altair. "Last year's award was met with great enthusiasm throughout the automotive industry and demonstrated some highly innovative uses of simulation and optimization technologies along with new advancements in processes and materials."

The Altair Enlighten Award aims to recognize achievements in weight reduction across the automotive industry from motorcycles to passenger cars, light-trucks to commercial vehicles and buses. The competition is open to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), systems/parts suppliers and materials suppliers from all automotive industry segments. The award is a powerful platform to showcase success stories. The 2013 award was won by BASF Corporation for the development of a weight-saving composite front seat pan for Opel.

"With less than a month left for entry submissions, the judging panel is looking forward to seeing what innovative lightweighting technologies are being introduced to help meet stringent fuel economy standards," said Dr. Jay Baron, President & CEO of CAR. "The nature of today's automotive industry is innovative and these advanced technologies add to the exciting growth and future direction of the industry."

The Altair Enlighten Award is intended to honor the greatest achievements in weight saving each year; to inspire interest from policymakers, educators, students and the public; to create further competition for new ideas in the industry; and to provide an incentive to share technological advances. 

To submit a nomination, visit Altair Enlighten and download the nomination form. All entries must reflect a system or component fitted to a production vehicle manufactured between August 2011, and August 2014, and OEM permission is required for all submissions.

About Enlighten
The purpose of www.altairenlighten.com is to provide a global knowledge source for useful, informative and inspirational content focused on minimizing the weight of products across industries through innovative design techniques, materials technology and manufacturing processes; improving industry best practices to respond to the challenges of mass management and meeting fuel economy targets, both government and competitive; and addressing increasing vehicle safety requirements.

About CAR
The Center for Automotive Research is a non-profit organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Its mission is to conduct research on significant issues related to the future direction of the global automotive industry, organize and conduct forums of value to the automotive community, and foster industry relationships. The CAR Management Briefing Seminars are an annual industry event that takes place each August.  For more information about CAR or the event, visit the CAR website, www.cargroup.org.

About Altair
Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,000 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates more than 40 offices throughout 20 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

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