Continental Structural Plastics, Teijin Named 2020 PACE Awards Finalists

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), along with its parent company Teijin, has been named a finalist in the 2020 Automotive News PACE Awards for its carbon fiber pickup box used in the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali CarbonPro edition.

The box, branded CarbonPro® by the customer, is the industry’s first commercial application of the material Sereebo®, a proprietary, carbon fiber nylon thermoplastic material that is fully recyclable. The advanced manufacturing techniques used to mold Sereebo into the CarbonPro box are the first mass production technologies developed for carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics suitable for high-volume programs. The CarbonPro box delivers best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance, while saving 62 pounds over a steel box. Its durability eliminates the need for a bed liner, saving an additional 40 pounds of mass.

“We are honored to once again be recognized as a PACE Award finalist for our advanced composite technologies,” said Steve Rooney, CEO of Continental Structural Plastics. “The CarbonPro box represents achievement and collaboration across CSP, Teijin and General Motors, and demonstrates what can be accomplished when thought-leaders come together to solve a design challenge.”

This is the second time CSP has entered the PACE Awards. In 2017, the company received the Automotive News PACE Award for its TCA Ultra Lite® material in production on the Chevrolet Corvette.

About the Automotive News PACE Awards

The Automotive News PACE Awards program is in its 26th year of awarding automotive suppliers for game-changing technologies that highlight superior innovation, technological advancement, and business performance. The 2020 PACE Award finalists were announced Oct. 11, 2019, at SAE Detroit Section’s annual Global Leadership Conference held at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.

About Continental Structural Plastics

Continental Structural Plastics, a Teijin Group company, has provided leading-edge technologies in lightweight composite solutions for the automotive, heavy truck, HVAC and construction industries for 50 years. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, CSP provides full-service engineering support, and holds multiple patents covering materials development and manufacturing processes. The company has operations on three continents and more than 4,300 employees. For more information, visit

About the Teijin Group

Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of environmental value; safety, security and disaster mitigation; and demographic change and increased health consciousness. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has over 170 companies and around 20,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY888.6 billion (USD 8.1 billion) and total assets of JPY1020.7 billion (USD 9.3 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019.

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