Cooper Standard is thrilled to be among distinguished automotive suppliers as winner and finalist of the Automotive News PACE Award. This type of recognition reinforces the progress we have made with our commitment to innovation, especially with breakthroughs in material science innovations.Cooper Standard was recently named a 2019 Automotive News PACE Award finalist for our proprietary artificial intelligence (A.I.)-based polymer compound development software. Programmed by Uncountable under the guidance of Cooper Standard, our A.I. software accelerates the development of polymer compounds (recipes for rubber and plastic materials) for specific applications. Using this software, Cooper Standard has shortened material development times while also realizing rapid discovery of new compounds that offer superior performance properties. Winners will be announced April 2019 in Detroit, MI.In 2018, Cooper Standard won the PACE Award for Fortrex™, our patented, revolutionary material platform that offers both the lightest weight and best performing static weatherseal solution for our customers. With a up to 30 percent mass reduction, Fortrex™ allows our customers to design the lightest weight solutions available in the market. Fortrex™ also offers superior capabilities for sealing performance and noise abatement, custom black color matching, gloss retention, and weathering and UV stability. This technological advancement is transforming automotive sealing and opening new opportunities through licensing in near adjacent and non-automotive markets.