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News Article | May 4, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Previously, Cieslak was a public relations intern for Coeus Creative Group, a full-service integrated marketing company located in Livonia. She attends Wayne State University where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations with a minor in new media studies. Her expected graduation date is December 2017. With special expertise in PR and social media for automotive suppliers, professional service firms and other business to business enterprises, Bianchi PR is now celebrating its 25th year. The firm is ranked the top independent PR agency based in Metro Detroit, according to PRWeek's most recent ranking of public relations firms. Among Bianchi PR's ongoing automotive, industrial and business-to-business PR clients are Adient, ATA National Title, BASF, Cooper Standard, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies, KIRCO, Schaeffler Group, SRG Global and Yanfeng Automotive Interiors. The firm's experience also includes work with organizations such as SAE International, the Automotive Industry Action Group, the Center for Automotive Research and the Steel Market Development Institute. For more information, visit http://www.bianchipr.com or call 248-269-1122. Bianchi PR is the Detroit affiliate of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN), one of the world's largest international public relations networks. About Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) Clients across six continents depend on the combined resources of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) to deliver targeted public relations campaigns in markets around the world. With revenues of more than $110 million, PRGN is one of the world's largest international public relations networks. PRGN harnesses the resources of 50 independent public relations firms and more than 900 communications professionals to connect international companies and organizations with individual and culturally diverse markets globally. Visit PRGN online at www.prgn.com or on twitter at @PRGN. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bianchi-public-relations-names-summer-intern-300451860.html


News Article | May 17, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

During the Dallas meeting, PRGN members elected Christina Rytter, managing director and founder of Copenhagen, Denmark-based Scandinavian Communications as its new president. Rytter, who replaces Evelyn Holtzhausen, founder and director of South Africa-based HWB Communications,  leads the worldwide network of 50 independently owned firms for the next 12 months. Founded in 1992 by a group of visionary public relations leaders, PRGN is planning a celebration for its 25th anniversary later this year. With more than $101 million in revenues and 900 professionals in 50 locations, PRGN is one of the world's largest international public relations networks. "As we celebrate 25 years of service to our clients around the world, we're thrilled to reach the 50-member mark for the organization," said Rytter. "The addition of a multi-disciplinary firm in Austria further strengthens our impact across the European Union, while our expansion in the southern U.S. increases our capabilities in such key practice areas as technology, health care and government relations. PRGN's enhanced website represents a significant milestone for the global network. A complete redesign of the site now allows businesses and corporations worldwide to more easily research and connect with the communications partners that fit their needs. "The new, search friendly PRGN.com gives prospective clients one-stop access to a curated suite of PR services. Also, it serves as a common conversation point for member agencies to interact with each other and build business together," said Bianchi. "For those on the outside, it's a new resource that anyone can use, including those hunting for a job in one of our 50 markets." PRGN partners meet twice a year in cities around the world. The next meeting will be held in October 2017 in Kyoto, Japan. At each meeting, the group's leadership teams discuss best practices and find new ways to collaborate and develop business partnerships globally. Agency members are independent, local, owner-operated public relations and marketing communications firms that share expertise and resources, while providing broad-based comprehensive communications strategies to clients worldwide. Companies or organizations interested in the services of PRGN's local agency network can visit www.prgn.com for more information. Independent agencies interested in joining the network can visit the member recruitment section of the PRGN website for more information or email its membership chair, Layth Dajani, founder of The Content Factory at layth@tcf-me.com. With special expertise in PR and social media for automotive suppliers, professional service firms and other business to business enterprises, Bianchi PR is now celebrating its 25th year. The firm is ranked the top independent PR agency based in Metro Detroit, according to PRWeek's most recent ranking of public relations firms. Among Bianchi PR's ongoing automotive, industrial and business-to-business PR clients are Adient, ATA National Title, BASF, Cooper Standard, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies, KIRCO, Schaeffler Group, SRG Global and Yanfeng Automotive Interiors. The firm's experience also includes work with organizations such as SAE International, the Automotive Industry Action Group, the Center for Automotive Research and the Steel Market Development Institute.For more information, visit http://www.bianchipr.com or call 248-269-1122. Clients across six continents depend on the combined resources of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) to deliver targeted public relations campaigns in markets around the world. With revenues of more than $101 million (US), PRGN is one of the world's largest international public relations networks. PRGN harnesses the resources of 50 independent public relations firms and more than 900 communications professionals to connect international companies and organizations with individual and culturally diverse markets globally. Visit PRGN online at www.prgn.com or on twitter at @PRGN. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bianchi-pr-and-public-relations-global-network-prgn-now-50-members-strong-300458812.html


News Article | June 21, 2017
Site: hosted2.ap.org

Uber CEO is pushed out as company tries to clean up its act (AP) — Under Travis Kalanick's leadership, Uber's "Animal House"-style business plan was to grow as quickly as possible, steamrolling regulators while flouting the rules of workplace conduct. Behavior at the male-dominated company didn't seem to matter. Riders embraced the app-based ride-hailing system as an inexpensive, easy-to-use alternative to taxis, and still do today. But now Kalanick is out as CEO, resigning under pressure as the company he co-founded eight years ago tries to clean up its act and deal with a federal investigation and widespread claims of sexual harassment inside its offices. In stepping down Tuesday night, Kalanick, 40, said in a statement that his departure would help Uber return to growth "rather than be distracted by another fight." That referred to efforts by the board and investors to oust him despite his outsized ownership stake. He will remain on the board. The move comes as the world's largest ride-hailing company struggles to morph from a freewheeling start-up into a mature company. By some measures, Uber was performing pretty well. While it's losing billions, the quarterly red ink is shrinking, and ridership and driver numbers keep growing in New York City, one of the few places that collect such statistics. But outside experts said the CEO had to go. "Even though Kalanick was driving performance, the company is not sustainable in this form," said Jennifer Chatman, a business professor at the University of California at Berkeley. "The company is quite vulnerable to very, very expensive lawsuits. He couldn't stay." Uber made a series of costly missteps under Kalanick that damaged its reputation, including the harassment claims and allegations of stolen trade secrets. Also, federal authorities are investigating Uber's use of a phony app that thwarted efforts by city inspectors to see if the company was operating illegally. To help Uber grow fast, Kalanick seemed to pick fights just about everywhere. He sparred with drivers over whether they were employees or contractors and got into a videotaped, profanity-laced screaming match with a driver over pay. A corporate mantra was "Principled Confrontation." The company's unruly "brogrammer" culture came to light after a female engineer wrote a blog in February about being propositioned by her manager. Two outside investigations found sexual harassment, bullying and retaliation against those who complained. Twenty people were fired after one investigation unearthed 215 complaints. Former Attorney General Eric Holder made a series of recommendations that the board pledged to adopt. Kalanick apparently realized that his battle to hang on at the company was one fight too many. "When you're at war with customers, employees, service suppliers, you can't build up a business model, and Kalanick was at war with everyone," said Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of the Center for Automotive Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. On the streets of New York on Wednesday, drivers and riders seemed unfazed by the shakeup, and business continued as usual. Customer Pat Mastandrea said Uber's service is as good as ever. "I would say that one person doesn't make a company. I think the Uber organization as a whole is doing a good job," Mastandrea said. Kalanick said earlier this month he was taking an indefinite leave of absence, in part to deal with a personal tragedy. In May, his mother was killed and his father hurt in a boating accident on a California lake. During the past year, several senior managers left the company, including the president and chief financial and business officers. Michael Ramsey, an analyst with the technology consulting firm Gartner, suggested this may not be the best time for Kalanick to leave. The company, he said, could still thrive under the right CEO — a visionary like Kalanick but someone who can also bring a more grown-up work culture. "But the company is still really just stretching its legs and becoming the mammoth that he envisioned," Ramsey said. "Is this the time to take away the leader whose ideas are behind a lot of the progress?" Among those mentioned by analysts as possible successors are former Ford CEO Alan Mulally and former Virgin America CEO David Cush. Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, whose name has also been bandied about, has no plans to leave, a person close to her said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because Sandberg has not publicly weighed in. A spokeswoman for Arianna Huffington said she, too, is not interested in becoming CEO but will remain on the Uber board. Uber posted a $708 million loss in the most recent quarter on revenue of $3.4 billion. The loss narrowed from $991 million the previous quarter. The company lost $2.8 billion last year. As for what lies ahead, investors have talked about taking Uber public on the stock market. The company was valued at close to $70 billion the last time it sought capital. AP video journalist David Martin and data journalist Larry Fenn contributed from New York. Business writers David McHugh in Frankfurt, Germany, and Michael Liedtke in San Francisco also contributed.


News Article | June 21, 2017
Site: hosted2.ap.org

Uber pushes its founder out as it tries to clean up its act (AP) — Under Travis Kalanick's leadership, Uber's "Animal House"-style business plan was to grow as quickly as possible, steamrolling regulators while flouting the rules of workplace conduct. Behavior at the male-dominated company didn't seem to matter. Riders embraced the app-based ride-hailing system as an inexpensive, easy-to-use alternative to taxis, and still do today. But now Kalanick is out as CEO, resigning under pressure as the company he co-founded eight years ago tries to clean up its act and deal with a federal investigation and widespread claims of sexual harassment inside its offices. In stepping down Tuesday night, Kalanick, 40, said in a statement that his departure would help Uber return to growth "rather than be distracted by another fight." That referred to efforts by the board and investors to oust him despite his outsized ownership stake. He will remain on the board. By some measures, Uber was performing pretty well. While it's losing billions, the quarterly red ink is shrinking, and ridership and driver numbers keep growing in New York City, one of the few places that collect such statistics. But outside experts said the CEO had to go. "Even though Kalanick was driving performance, the company is not sustainable in this form," said Jennifer Chatman, a business professor at the University of California at Berkeley. "The company is quite vulnerable to very, very expensive lawsuits. He couldn't stay." The move comes as the world's largest ride-hailing company struggles to morph from a freewheeling start-up into a mature company. Uber made a series of costly missteps under Kalanick that damaged its reputation, including the harassment claims and allegations of stolen trade secrets. Also, federal authorities are investigating Uber's use of a phony app that thwarted efforts by city inspectors to see if the company was operating illegally. To help Uber grow fast, Kalanick seemed to pick fights just about everywhere. He sparred with drivers over whether they were employees or contractors and got into a videotaped, profanity-laced screaming match with a driver over pay. A corporate mantra was "Principled Confrontation." The company's unruly "brogrammer" culture came to light after a female engineer wrote a blog in February about being propositioned by her manager. Two outside investigations found sexual harassment, bullying and retaliation against those who complained. Twenty people were fired after one investigation unearthed 215 complaints. Former Attorney General Eric Holder made a series of recommendations that the board pledged to adopt. Kalanick apparently realized that his battle to hang on at the company was one fight too many. "When you're at war with customers, employees, service suppliers, you can't build up a business model, and Kalanick was at war with everyone," said Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of the Center for Automotive Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. On the streets of New York on Wednesday, drivers and riders seemed unfazed by the shakeup, and business continued as usual. Customer Pat Mastandrea said Uber's service is as good as ever. "I would say that one person doesn't make a company. I think the Uber organization as a whole is doing a good job," Mastandrea said. Kalanick said earlier this month he was taking an indefinite leave of absence, in part to deal with a personal tragedy. In May, his mother was killed and his father hurt in a boating accident on a California lake. Michael Ramsey, an analyst with the technology consulting firm Gartner, suggested this may not be the best time for Kalanick to leave. The company, he said, could still thrive under the right CEO — a visionary like Kalanick but someone who can also bring a more grown-up work culture. "But the company is still really just stretching its legs and becoming the mammoth that he envisioned," Ramsey said. "Is this the time to take away the leader whose ideas are behind a lot of the progress?" During the past year, several senior managers left the company, including the president and chief financial and business officers. Uber posted a $708 million loss in the most recent quarter on revenue of $3.4 billion. The loss narrowed from $991 million the previous quarter. Uber lost $2.8 billion last year. As for what lies ahead, investors have talked about taking Uber public on the stock market. The company was valued near $70 billion the last time it sought capital. AP video journalist David Martin and data journalist Larry Fenn contributed from New York. Business writers David McHugh in Frankfurt, Germany, and Michael Liedtke in San Francisco also contributed.


News Article | June 21, 2017
Site: phys.org

Behavior at the male-dominated company didn't seem to matter. Riders embraced the app-based ride-hailing system as an inexpensive, easy-to-use alternative to taxis, and still do today. But now Kalanick is out as CEO, resigning under pressure as the company he co-founded eight years ago tries to clean up its act and deal with a federal investigation and widespread claims of sexual harassment inside its offices. In stepping down Tuesday night, Kalanick, 40, said in a statement that his departure would help Uber return to growth "rather than be distracted by another fight." That referred to efforts by the board and investors to oust him despite his outsized ownership stake. He will remain on the board. The move comes as the world's largest ride-hailing company struggles to morph from a freewheeling start-up into a mature company. By some measures, Uber was performing pretty well. While it's losing billions, the quarterly red ink is shrinking, and ridership and driver numbers keep growing in New York City, one of the few places that collect such statistics. But outside experts said the CEO had to go. "Even though Kalanick was driving performance, the company is not sustainable in this form," said Jennifer Chatman, a business professor at the University of California at Berkeley. "The company is quite vulnerable to very, very expensive lawsuits. He couldn't stay." Uber made a series of costly missteps under Kalanick that damaged its reputation, including the harassment claims and allegations of stolen trade secrets. Also, federal authorities are investigating Uber's use of a phony app that thwarted efforts by city inspectors to see if the company was operating illegally. To help Uber grow fast, Kalanick seemed to pick fights just about everywhere. He sparred with drivers over whether they were employees or contractors and got into a videotaped, profanity-laced screaming match with a driver over pay. A corporate mantra was "Principled Confrontation." The company's unruly "brogrammer" culture came to light after a female engineer wrote a blog in February about being propositioned by her manager. Two outside investigations found sexual harassment, bullying and retaliation against those who complained. Twenty people were fired after one investigation unearthed 215 complaints. Former Attorney General Eric Holder made a series of recommendations that the board pledged to adopt. Kalanick apparently realized that his battle to hang on at the company was one fight too many. "When you're at war with customers, employees, service suppliers, you can't build up a business model, and Kalanick was at war with everyone," said Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of the Center for Automotive Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. On the streets of New York on Wednesday, drivers and riders seemed unfazed by the shakeup, and business continued as usual. Customer Pat Mastandrea said Uber's service is as good as ever. "I would say that one person doesn't make a company. I think the Uber organization as a whole is doing a good job," Mastandrea said. Kalanick said earlier this month he was taking an indefinite leave of absence, in part to deal with a personal tragedy. In May, his mother was killed and his father hurt in a boating accident on a California lake. During the past year, several senior managers left the company, including the president and chief financial and business officers. Michael Ramsey, an analyst with the technology consulting firm Gartner, suggested this may not be the best time for Kalanick to leave. The company, he said, could still thrive under the right CEO—a visionary like Kalanick but someone who can also bring a more grown-up work culture. "But the company is still really just stretching its legs and becoming the mammoth that he envisioned," Ramsey said. "Is this the time to take away the leader whose ideas are behind a lot of the progress?" Among those mentioned by analysts as possible successors are former Ford CEO Alan Mulally and former Virgin America CEO David Cush. Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, whose name has also been bandied about, has no plans to leave, a person close to her said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because Sandberg has not publicly weighed in. A spokeswoman for Arianna Huffington said she, too, is not interested in becoming CEO but will remain on the Uber board. Uber posted a $708 million loss in the most recent quarter on revenue of $3.4 billion. The loss narrowed from $991 million the previous quarter. The company lost $2.8 billion last year. As for what lies ahead, investors have talked about taking Uber public on the stock market. The company was valued at close to $70 billion the last time it sought capital.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

TROY, Mich., May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Altair has placed a final call for submissions to this year’s Altair Enlighten Award. Nominations are being accepted now through May 26, 2017 in three categories: full vehicle, module and enabling technology. The annual Altair Enlighten Award, presented in partnership with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), SAE International and media sponsor, Automobil Industrie, recognizes achievements in weight reduction across the automotive industry. Photos accompanying this announcement are available at “So far, we’ve seen some exciting and inspiring submissions for the 2017 Enlighten Award come in from all over the globe,” said Richard Yen, Senior Vice-President, Automotive and Global Markets Team at Altair. “There are still two weeks left to get a nomination in, so we are eager to see what else people have been working on.” The Altair Enlighten Award honors the greatest achievements in vehicle 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. Manufacturers and suppliers interested in submitting a nomination can access additional information about the process, or submit an entry, at www.altairenlighten.com/award. “We’re honored each year to recognize automakers and suppliers alike for successful lightweighting strategies and technologies.  With the addition of the new 'enabling technologies' category, we anticipate many more supplier accomplishments highlighting their contributions that will be widely recognized by their peers and automakers who are seeking new lightweight solutions,” said Dr. Jay Baron, President and CEO at the Center for Automotive Research. The winners of the 2017 Altair Enlighten Award will be announced during the 52nd annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI on July 31st, 2017. To allow sharing of innovation while respecting the business and technical confidentiality of all applications, all nominations submitted must be implemented on a production vehicle produced between August 2014 and August 2017, with no geographical restrictions. Altair ProductDesign is a global, multi-disciplinary product development consultancy of more than 700 designers, engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Altair Engineering Inc., this organization is best known for its market leadership in combining its engineering expertise with computer aided engineering (CAE) technology to deliver innovation and automate processes. Altair ProductDesign firmly advocates a user-centered, team-based design approach, and utilizes proprietary simulation and optimization technologies (such as Altair HyperWorks) to help clients bring innovative, profitable products to market on a tighter, more efficient time-scale. Founded in 1985, Altair is focused on the development and application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,600 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA with more than 50 offices throughout 22 countries, and serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com. 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. For more information, visit the CAR website: www.cargroup.org.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

TROY, Mich., May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Altair has placed a final call for submissions to this year’s Altair Enlighten Award. Nominations are being accepted now through May 26, 2017 in three categories: full vehicle, module and enabling technology. The annual Altair Enlighten Award, presented in partnership with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), SAE International and media sponsor, Automobil Industrie, recognizes achievements in weight reduction across the automotive industry. Photos accompanying this announcement are available at “So far, we’ve seen some exciting and inspiring submissions for the 2017 Enlighten Award come in from all over the globe,” said Richard Yen, Senior Vice-President, Automotive and Global Markets Team at Altair. “There are still two weeks left to get a nomination in, so we are eager to see what else people have been working on.” The Altair Enlighten Award honors the greatest achievements in vehicle 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. Manufacturers and suppliers interested in submitting a nomination can access additional information about the process, or submit an entry, at www.altairenlighten.com/award. “We’re honored each year to recognize automakers and suppliers alike for successful lightweighting strategies and technologies.  With the addition of the new 'enabling technologies' category, we anticipate many more supplier accomplishments highlighting their contributions that will be widely recognized by their peers and automakers who are seeking new lightweight solutions,” said Dr. Jay Baron, President and CEO at the Center for Automotive Research. The winners of the 2017 Altair Enlighten Award will be announced during the 52nd annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI on July 31st, 2017. To allow sharing of innovation while respecting the business and technical confidentiality of all applications, all nominations submitted must be implemented on a production vehicle produced between August 2014 and August 2017, with no geographical restrictions. Altair ProductDesign is a global, multi-disciplinary product development consultancy of more than 700 designers, engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Altair Engineering Inc., this organization is best known for its market leadership in combining its engineering expertise with computer aided engineering (CAE) technology to deliver innovation and automate processes. Altair ProductDesign firmly advocates a user-centered, team-based design approach, and utilizes proprietary simulation and optimization technologies (such as Altair HyperWorks) to help clients bring innovative, profitable products to market on a tighter, more efficient time-scale. Founded in 1985, Altair is focused on the development and application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,600 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA with more than 50 offices throughout 22 countries, and serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com. 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. For more information, visit the CAR website: www.cargroup.org.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

TROY, Mich., May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Altair has placed a final call for submissions to this year’s Altair Enlighten Award. Nominations are being accepted now through May 26, 2017 in three categories: full vehicle, module and enabling technology. The annual Altair Enlighten Award, presented in partnership with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), SAE International and media sponsor, Automobil Industrie, recognizes achievements in weight reduction across the automotive industry. Photos accompanying this announcement are available at “So far, we’ve seen some exciting and inspiring submissions for the 2017 Enlighten Award come in from all over the globe,” said Richard Yen, Senior Vice-President, Automotive and Global Markets Team at Altair. “There are still two weeks left to get a nomination in, so we are eager to see what else people have been working on.” The Altair Enlighten Award honors the greatest achievements in vehicle 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. Manufacturers and suppliers interested in submitting a nomination can access additional information about the process, or submit an entry, at www.altairenlighten.com/award. “We’re honored each year to recognize automakers and suppliers alike for successful lightweighting strategies and technologies.  With the addition of the new 'enabling technologies' category, we anticipate many more supplier accomplishments highlighting their contributions that will be widely recognized by their peers and automakers who are seeking new lightweight solutions,” said Dr. Jay Baron, President and CEO at the Center for Automotive Research. The winners of the 2017 Altair Enlighten Award will be announced during the 52nd annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI on July 31st, 2017. To allow sharing of innovation while respecting the business and technical confidentiality of all applications, all nominations submitted must be implemented on a production vehicle produced between August 2014 and August 2017, with no geographical restrictions. Altair ProductDesign is a global, multi-disciplinary product development consultancy of more than 700 designers, engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Altair Engineering Inc., this organization is best known for its market leadership in combining its engineering expertise with computer aided engineering (CAE) technology to deliver innovation and automate processes. Altair ProductDesign firmly advocates a user-centered, team-based design approach, and utilizes proprietary simulation and optimization technologies (such as Altair HyperWorks) to help clients bring innovative, profitable products to market on a tighter, more efficient time-scale. Founded in 1985, Altair is focused on the development and application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,600 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA with more than 50 offices throughout 22 countries, and serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com. 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. For more information, visit the CAR website: www.cargroup.org.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

TROY, Mich., May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Altair has placed a final call for submissions to this year’s Altair Enlighten Award. Nominations are being accepted now through May 26, 2017 in three categories: full vehicle, module and enabling technology. The annual Altair Enlighten Award, presented in partnership with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), SAE International and media sponsor, Automobil Industrie, recognizes achievements in weight reduction across the automotive industry. Photos accompanying this announcement are available at “So far, we’ve seen some exciting and inspiring submissions for the 2017 Enlighten Award come in from all over the globe,” said Richard Yen, Senior Vice-President, Automotive and Global Markets Team at Altair. “There are still two weeks left to get a nomination in, so we are eager to see what else people have been working on.” The Altair Enlighten Award honors the greatest achievements in vehicle 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. Manufacturers and suppliers interested in submitting a nomination can access additional information about the process, or submit an entry, at www.altairenlighten.com/award. “We’re honored each year to recognize automakers and suppliers alike for successful lightweighting strategies and technologies.  With the addition of the new 'enabling technologies' category, we anticipate many more supplier accomplishments highlighting their contributions that will be widely recognized by their peers and automakers who are seeking new lightweight solutions,” said Dr. Jay Baron, President and CEO at the Center for Automotive Research. The winners of the 2017 Altair Enlighten Award will be announced during the 52nd annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI on July 31st, 2017. To allow sharing of innovation while respecting the business and technical confidentiality of all applications, all nominations submitted must be implemented on a production vehicle produced between August 2014 and August 2017, with no geographical restrictions. Altair ProductDesign is a global, multi-disciplinary product development consultancy of more than 700 designers, engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Altair Engineering Inc., this organization is best known for its market leadership in combining its engineering expertise with computer aided engineering (CAE) technology to deliver innovation and automate processes. Altair ProductDesign firmly advocates a user-centered, team-based design approach, and utilizes proprietary simulation and optimization technologies (such as Altair HyperWorks) to help clients bring innovative, profitable products to market on a tighter, more efficient time-scale. Founded in 1985, Altair is focused on the development and application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,600 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA with more than 50 offices throughout 22 countries, and serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com. 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. For more information, visit the CAR website: www.cargroup.org.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

TROY, Mich., May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Altair has placed a final call for submissions to this year’s Altair Enlighten Award. Nominations are being accepted now through May 26, 2017 in three categories: full vehicle, module and enabling technology. The annual Altair Enlighten Award, presented in partnership with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), SAE International and media sponsor, Automobil Industrie, recognizes achievements in weight reduction across the automotive industry. Photos accompanying this announcement are available at “So far, we’ve seen some exciting and inspiring submissions for the 2017 Enlighten Award come in from all over the globe,” said Richard Yen, Senior Vice-President, Automotive and Global Markets Team at Altair. “There are still two weeks left to get a nomination in, so we are eager to see what else people have been working on.” The Altair Enlighten Award honors the greatest achievements in vehicle 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. Manufacturers and suppliers interested in submitting a nomination can access additional information about the process, or submit an entry, at www.altairenlighten.com/award. “We’re honored each year to recognize automakers and suppliers alike for successful lightweighting strategies and technologies.  With the addition of the new 'enabling technologies' category, we anticipate many more supplier accomplishments highlighting their contributions that will be widely recognized by their peers and automakers who are seeking new lightweight solutions,” said Dr. Jay Baron, President and CEO at the Center for Automotive Research. The winners of the 2017 Altair Enlighten Award will be announced during the 52nd annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI on July 31st, 2017. To allow sharing of innovation while respecting the business and technical confidentiality of all applications, all nominations submitted must be implemented on a production vehicle produced between August 2014 and August 2017, with no geographical restrictions. Altair ProductDesign is a global, multi-disciplinary product development consultancy of more than 700 designers, engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Altair Engineering Inc., this organization is best known for its market leadership in combining its engineering expertise with computer aided engineering (CAE) technology to deliver innovation and automate processes. Altair ProductDesign firmly advocates a user-centered, team-based design approach, and utilizes proprietary simulation and optimization technologies (such as Altair HyperWorks) to help clients bring innovative, profitable products to market on a tighter, more efficient time-scale. Founded in 1985, Altair is focused on the development and application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,600 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA with more than 50 offices throughout 22 countries, and serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com. 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. For more information, visit the CAR website: www.cargroup.org.

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