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ET Foundation and Bonnell Aluminum Invite Student Entries for 2015 Aluminum Extrusion Student
Design Competition











(Wauconda, Illinois - February 4, 2015) - The ET Foundation, the educational and scientific organization devoted to promoting and advancing aluminum extrusion processes and technologies, and Bonnell Aluminum are seeking entries for the 2015 International Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition. Scholarships in the form of cash awards will be presented to the top designs. Bonnell Aluminum will be the sole sponsor for the cash awards, totaling $8,500. This is the first year Bonnell Aluminum is sponsoring the Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition.

The aim of the competition is to promote the understanding and use of extruded aluminum profiles, as well as highlight innovations and recognize excellence in aluminum extrusion design. Students studying design and engineering at universities, colleges, and schools around the world are invited to participate. The ET Foundation will accept entries for the 2015 International Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition through March 30, 2015. Entry in the competition is free and judging will take place following the entry deadline.

"The Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition provides a great opportunity to teach students who are studying engineering, design and related fields more about the countless material and process advantages of aluminum extrusions," said Guy Charpentier, Marketing Manager for Bonnell Aluminum in Newnan, Georgia. "The competition also serves as a platform for students to show off their creativity and ingenuity in design."

Winning entries will be those that demonstrate the benefits of extruded aluminum - whether by inventing a new product or improving an existing one - by achieving the following objectives: creativity, practicality, product/process advantage, market impact/potential and presentation and research. Scholarships will be presented as cash awards to the top student designs, including $3,000 for First Place, $2,000 for Second Place, and $1,000 for Third Place. Students also may compete for the Bonnell Aluminum Sustainable Design Scholarship Award of $2,500. The Sustainable Design Scholarship Award is presented to recognize the student design that best addresses environmental or societal concerns, in addition to meeting the four basic ET Foundation Design Competition criteria of creativity, practicality, product/process advantage, and market impact/potential. Essentially, the winning entry must be a viable extrusion-based product that meets the demands of the environment while contributing to the quality of life for its intended users. Past Sustainable Design winning entries have included a water purification system, a modular shelter and water collection system, and a fully recyclable laptop computer.

Helpful Design Resources
More information on the 2015 Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition - including the Call for Entries complete with the official entry form, as well as a variety of tools and resources, are available on the ET Foundation Design Competition page of the AEC website at www.ETFdesign.org and on the Bonnell Aluminum website at www.bonlalum.com. From an overview of the aluminum extrusion process and choosing the right aluminum alloy, to design considerations and useful publications, the AEC website contains a wealth of information and resources to help students with the design process. Additionally, instructors and students alike can download the free presentation "Designing to the Limits of Your Imagination" providing details on the material and design advantages of extruded aluminum, application examples, and more.

The International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition is held annually for students and periodically for professionals. The next professional competition is planned to coincide with the premier technical conference for the global aluminum extrusion industry, ET '16 - the Eleventh International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar. ET '16 is scheduled for May 2-6, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. For more information, visit www.ET16.org.

About the ET Foundation
The Extrusion Technology for Aluminum Profiles Foundation has been established for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes to develop, promote, provide, and fund education and research related to aluminum extrusion processes and technologies. For more information, contact the ET Foundation mail@etfoundation.org or visit www.etfoundation.org.

About AEC
The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) is a progressive trade association dedicated to advancing the effective use of aluminum extrusion in North America. AEC is committed to bringing comprehensive information about extrusion's characteristics, applications, environmental benefits, design and technology to users, product designers, engineers and the academic community. Further, AEC is focused on enhancing the ability of its members to meet the emerging demands of the market through sharing knowledge and best practices.

About Bonnell Aluminum
Bonnell Aluminum is a subsidiary of Richmond, VA, based Tredegar Corporation. With operations in Newnan, GA, Carthage, TN, Niles, MI, and Elkhart IN, the company produces soft and medium-strength alloy aluminum extrusions for nonresidential building and construction, automotive and specialty markets.

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For more information please contact:

Nancy Molenda
Communications Manager
ET Foundation/AEC
nmolenda@tso.net
847/416-7227


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