REL, Inc. receives “Innovation Award” at Michigan Celebrates Small Business ceremony

CALUMET, Michigan (May 23, 2014) – REL Inc., a high-tech material, testing and process development company in Calumet, garnered statewide recognition for its composite brake technology during the Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) awards, May 6, in Lansing.

REL, Inc. received the 2014 “Innovation Award” during the 10th annual MCSB awards program, held at Michigan State University. The awards program recognizes small businesses in a variety of industries and fields whose growth supports Michigan’s economy. To be eligible for the Innovation Award, the product or service had to be developed and earning revenue during the previous three years.

REL, Inc. developed a lightweight composite motorcycle brake rotor technology that is 60 percent lighter than standard steel rotors. Low-density, ceramic reinforcement provides thermal stability and drastically extends the life of the brake system. The technology is now in transition to the automotive market where the brakes are installed on a demonstration car. REL’s brake rotor reduces vehicle weight by 38 pounds.

“Receiving the Innovation Award validates REL’s technology and attracts investment into our composite brake technology,” said Andrew Halonen, sales and marketing engineer for REL, Inc.

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