Automotive parts produced using KraussMaffei technology won three awards at the SPE Automotive Awards 2009. KraussMaffei won first place in the category Body Exterior with a support element for the louvered grille of the CLS Coupe from Mercedes Benz. The metallic effect essential to the grille's distinctive optics is produced during the injection moulding process without any extra painting process. In the same category, the jury, made up of members of the automotive industry, processors, mouldmakers, raw materials suppliers, engineering companies and plastics institutes, also selected another KraussMaffei development for an award. This award went to a bodywork component for a forage harvester manufactured using technology developed by KraussMaffei's Reaction Process machinery division.
In the Powertrain category, a glassfibre reinforced roll restrictor for the popular Opel Insignia also won an award. The component is manufactured using a KraussMaffei system that controls the concentration of reinforcing fibres to deliver highest strength where required and minimum weight. Carrying off these three awards, the Munich plastics engineering company has repeated its success in the SPE Automotive Awards 2007 when it also won three awards. As in prior years, KraussMaffei convincingly demonstrated the strength of its innovative capability as worldwide the only manufacturer supplying machinery for three key plastics technologies - injection moulding, extrusion and reaction processing.