Grupo Antolin awards a student from the Polytechnic University of Valencia as the winner of the Design Challenge



Grupo Antolin awards a student from the Polytechnic University of Valencia as the winner of the Design Challenge

2021-02-10
  • Alvaro Sanz, who holds a Master's Degree in Styling and Automotive Concept Design, is the winner of all categories.
  • The second edition has had a significant participation with more than 300 people from 15 different countries.
  • The design school Collage for Creative Studies has received an extraordinary mention for the high participation of its students.

Grupo Antolin has awarded Alvaro Sanz Lázaro, a student of the Master's Degree in Styling and Automotive Concept Design at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), as the winner of the second edition of the Design Challenge. The contest challenged design students from universities and schools around the world to imagine what the car interior of the future will look like.

Alvaro Sanz has been the winner in all the categories of the contest (Smart Headliner, Smart Door Panel and Smart Cockpit), as well as the mention in Color&Trim. He has received a total prize of 10,000 euros.

"Alvaro's project has deserved to be the winner in all categories for its high quality throughout the design process, its innovation and coherence in the proposal as a whole. He has developed a complete interior with a very attractive design that perfectly combines and integrates new technologies as well as innovative and sustainable materials. The result is a futuristic and comfortable cabin for its passengers," said Javier Villacampa, Corporate Innovation Director during the award ceremony at Grupo Antolin's headquarters in Burgos.

The Design Challenge is part of Grupo Antolin’s commitment to open innovation as part of its overall R&D&I strategy. “At Grupo Antolin, we want to lead the transformation that the industry is undergoing by developing a more advanced, technological and sustainable interior that offers passengers a unique travel experience. Our innovation is focusing on the development of state-of-the-art solutions that optimally and efficiently integrate new technologies, lighting systems, decorative surfaces and electronics," highlighted Jesus Pascual, CEO of Grupo Antolin.  "To achieve these goals, it is important to open up abroad and create an open innovation ecosystem involving companies, technology centres, international design schools and also, as in this case, talented students," Villacampa added.

The second edition of the Design Challenge Grupo Antolin has had a significant participation with more than 300 people from 15 different countries. The company wants to make an extraordinary mention of the interest and participation of students from the prestigious College for Creative Studies design school (Detroit, USA).

At the same time, the Design Challenge is a unique opportunity for students to come into contact with one of the most innovative industries through one of the world's largest car interior manufacturers. An industry that offers great professional opportunities in the context of new mobility. In this sense, Grupo Antolin is considering the possibility of the winner of the contest collaborating with the company.

Picture: Javier Villacampa, Corporate Innovation Director; Álvaro Sanz; Jesús Pascual, Grupo Antolin’s CEO.

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