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Delphi’s Custom Backlighting Technology on Chevy Tahoe Wins 2007 SPE Innovation Award


Technology recognized in Materials Category and named ’best of best’

TROY, Mich. — Delphi Corp. recently helped General Motors receive top recognition in the 2007 SPE® Automotive Innovation Awards Competition held annually by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers International. GM received the honor for Delphi’s custom backlighting technology available on the instrument panel of the Chevrolet Tahoe. The innovation uses color converting plastics to illuminate the vehicle’s audio system and highlight the controls on the instrument panel.

Delphi Electronics & Safety, a division of Delphi Corporation, nominated the GM Tahoe for the award. Available on GM full-size trucks, the technology was cited as the winner of the competition’s Materials Category and prestigious Grand Award which is presented to honor the “best of the best” from award winning technologies in the seven categories recognized at the 2007 SPE Innovation Awards. In addition, Delphi won the most innovation use of materials category.

“Delphi continuously looks for ways to help our customers add value to their products,” said John Matly, Delphi Electronics & Safety Director of Manufacturing Engineering. “This is a great example of how we are focusing on innovation and lowering cost to help make our customers more competitive.”

The innovative use of color-converting translucent plastic and a unique light delivery system creates the custom color backlighting with lower-cost, off-the-shelf blue LEDs that absorb one color and emit another. The technology uses Delphi patented color-converting, plastic, blue LEDs and below-the-board light distribution to achieve the desired colors and reduces the number of LEDs from 30 to 5. The custom color backlighting has a broad application that allows for a wide range of colors, multiple colors in the same product, better control of emitted color, higher reliability and a faster development cycle.

SPE’s Innovation Awards recognizes the “most innovative use of plastics” in the automotive industry. Categories include body interior, chassis/hardware, materials, performance and customization, powertrain, process/assembly/enabling technologies and body exterior. Dozens of teams made up of vehicle manufacturers, tier suppliers and polymer producers vie for honors each year in the program that culminates at an annual awards gala. Finalists in each category are selected by vote of the SPE Automotive Division Board of Directors and category winners and the Grand Award are selected by a panel of Blue Ribbon judges made up of retired industry leaders and members of the media.

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