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Re: Sponsors Sought For Bright Design Challenge

Sponsors Sought For Bright Design Challenge

The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) is seeking sponsors for the Bright Design Challenge Contest (BDC). This innovative program is a cooperative college scholarship contest created to help educate future automotive and transportation designers and stylists about the benefits and flexibility of surface finishing.

The initiative, now in its ninth year, has grown so much that it is now part of the regular curriculum of the Transportation and Industrial Design program at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit—the launch pad for the project.

In short, the program plays a key role in promoting new finishing technology and influencing future automotive designs with a focus on “bright” electroplated parts, including trims, grilles, moldings, etc. According to Mike Kuntz, creator of the successful program and general manager of Kuntz Electroplating, Kitchener, Ontario, many graduates of the College for Creative Studies/BDC program have gone on to work for major automotive companies and integrated bright design into their concept vehicles.

Briefly, three sponsorship levels are available: Gold ($5,000); Silver ($2,500); and Bronze ($1,000). All sponsors are invited to participate in a variety of special events surrounding the competition. These include: the launch event; an appreciation reception; lunch on Judging Day; judging; and the actual award presentation.

For more information on how you can participate, please visit the NASF website at