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Call for Entries Open for 2020 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition


Call for Entries Open for 2020 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition

$27,000 in Cash Awards and Student Scholarships Available

Winning Entries to be Displayed at ET ’20 in Orlando, FL

ET Foundation AEC Bonnell Aluminum

Wauconda, Illinois—January 8, 2020 -- The ET Foundation, the educational and scientific organization devoted to promoting and advancing aluminum extrusion processes and technologies, and the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), have released the Call for Entries for the 2020 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition. The competition includes two entry classes: Professional and Student. Cash prizes and student scholarships totaling $27,000 will be presented to the top designs. Student scholarships totaling $15,500 are sponsored by Bonnell Aluminum, headquartered in Newnan, GA. Professional awards, totaling $11,500, including a $3,500 Grand Prize, are sponsored by AEC.

Entries for the 2020 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition will be accepted through March 30, 2020. Entry in the competition is free and judging will take place following the entry deadline. More information about the 2020 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition, including the Call for Entries complete with official entry forms, is available at the competition website at

The aim of the Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition is to promote the understanding and use of extruded aluminum profiles, as well as highlight innovations and recognize excellence in aluminum extrusion 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 competition’s criteria and objectives of creativity, practicality, product/process improvement or advantage and market impact/potential. 

Students studying design and engineering at universities, colleges, and technical, trade and design schools around the world are invited to participate in the Student Class.  Student Scholarships will be presented as cash awards to the top student designs, including $5,000 for First Place, $4,000 for Second Place, and $3,000 for Third Place. Students also may compete for the Bonnell Sustainable Design Challenge Scholarship Award of $3,500.  This special design category challenges students to think about aluminum extrusions as a holistic solution to a design problem by designing a product that, in addition to the four basic design criteria, best addresses societal and/or environmental challenges or concerns. 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. 

Professionals compete in a separate category from students, and entries received in the Professional Class will be divided into four categories: Structural/Architectural, Transportation, Engineered Products, and Alternative Energy.  First-place cash prizes in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded to the best design in each category. Individual designers and companies are eligible to submit an entry. Aluminum extruders and their customers are encouraged to team up to enter a design in the Competition. Team and multiple submissions will be accepted for both the Professional and Student Classes.

Winners will be announced at the aluminum extrusion industry’s most anticipated event, the Twelfth International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar & Exposition (ET ’20), scheduled for May 19-21, 2020, in Orlando, Florida, USA.  The event will bring together more than 1,300 professionals in the worldwide aluminum extrusion industry for three days of technical education and networking.  Winning entries will be displayed in the Extrusion Showcase during ET ’20. For more information, visit

Helpful design resources, including webinars, presentations and publications such as the AEC Aluminum Extrusion Manual, are available on the AEC website at


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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. The ET Foundation conducts the International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition to raise awareness and reward aluminum extrusion design innovation, and the International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar & Exposition to gather the worldwide industry every four years for technical exchange and networking in order to propel the industry forward.  For more information, visit

About AEC
The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) is a trade association representing approximately 75-percent of North American aluminum extrusion production. AEC is dedicated to advancing the effective use of aluminum extrusion in North America and 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 knowledge sharing and best practices. For more information, visit

About Bonnell Aluminum
Bonnell Aluminum is a subsidiary of Richmond, VA, based Tredegar Corporation.  With operations in Newnan, GA, Carthage, TN, Niles, MI, Elkhart IN, and Clearfield, UT, the company produces custom fabricated and finished aluminum extrusions for nonresidential building and construction, automotive and specialty markets.  Learn more at

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