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Meridian Lightweight Technologies, Fiat Win Casting of the Year

April 28, 2016

Meridian Lightweight Technologies and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have won the AFS/Metal Casting Design & Purchasing Casting of the Year award for their liftgate closure inner casting for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. The casting is a collaboration between Fiat, Meridian and Thai Summit America Corp., and represents the first high-volume magnesium application of its kind in the automotive industry. The casting forms part of a four-piece assembly with aluminum sheet upper and lower outers and aluminum stamping wiper reinforcement to reduce the weight of the entire assembly by more than 22 lbs. (10 kg)—nearly a 50% reduction over the previous generation design.

The AFS/Metal Casting Design & Purchasing Magazine Casting Competition is held every year to give North American metalcasting facilities the chance to show the engineering and purchasing community what a cast metal part can accomplish.


Eight other castings were honored as Best in Class or Honorable Mention winners.

Best in Class:

  • Monarch Industries, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, for a walker casting for tillage equipment.
  • Tooling & Equipment International, Livonia, Michigan, for a thermal command center that combines a water pump, thermostat and bypass valves in a marine application.
  • John Deere Waterloo Foundry, Waterloo, Iowa, for the 9RX 4-TRAX drive housing that contains driveline components for each track in a new tractor.
  • Carley Foundry Inc., Blaine, Minnesota, for a stator housing used in a condenser fan assembly in an aircraft galley cooling system.

Honorable Mention:

  • Acra Cast Inc., Bay City, Michigan, for a stainless steel face mask for professional and amateur football helmets.
  • Goldens’ Foundry & Machine Co., Columbus, Georgia, for a cast iron grill set alternative to the ceramic kamado grills.
  • Aarrowcast Inc., Shawana, Wisconsin, for a ductile iron drive sprocket for a rubber track system.
  • Magna Cosma Casting Michigan, Battle Creek, Michigan, for aluminum body-in-white die castings serving as structural components for the General Motors CT6.

The American Foundry Society is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1896. With its headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., AFS provides members and consumers with information and services to promote and strengthen the metalcasting industry.