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Oxford Advanced Surfaces Shortlisted for UK Automotive Innovation Award

Oxford Advanced Surfaces (OAS) has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2015 SMMT* Automotive Award for Innovation. OAS is one of only five companies to make the shortlist.

“Now in its sixth year, the Award – in partnership with the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), sponsored by GKN, and supported by The Times – rewards the best UK-developed technologies with potential to influence the automotive sector in years to come.” SMMT Official Press Release.

Philip Spinks, CEO at OAS, commented “We are really proud to be one of only five companies shortlisted for such a prestigious award; past winners include Ford and Jaguar Land Rover, so some really big players in the automotive sector contend for this title”.

OAS’s entry focuses on Onto™ adhesion promoters. These treatments improve adhesive bonding to plastic-reinforced composites and aluminium, enabling the use of lightweight, more environmentally friendly materials in automotive manufacturing. Onto™ is OAS’s unique and proprietary surface modification technology.

Dr. Sarah Vickers, Marketing Manager, said “Lightweight vehicle design is a key R&D focus in the automotive industry at the moment as manufacturers aim to reduced fuel emissions in light of environmental legislation. Not only must manufacturers consider how they process these materials, but also how they join them together to construct vehicle components; our Onto™ adhesion promotion technology adds real value where joining is a challenge”.

Terence Warmbier and Dr Jon-Paul Griffiths presented OAS’s innovation to the SMMT Award’s judging panel of industry experts. Terence will also present the entry at the Advanced Engineering UK in Birmingham on Thursday 5th November. To find out more about OAS’s innovation for joining lightweight materials come and watch the presentation during the 2-3.30pm session in auditorium 6.

*Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

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