Application of bio-based materials-tomato skins to make auto parts

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2023-09-15 14:31

After announcing in the middle of the year that it would cooperate with Heinz to study the use of tomato skins to make auto parts, Ford Motor (China) Co., Ltd. demonstrated its broader application prospects for bio-based materials at a green technology event in Beijing on the 23rd.

Pan Anbo, director of materials engineering at Ford Motor (China), told reporters that Ford has further increased its use of bio-based materials this year. Taking Mondeo as an example, the front and rear doors are made of kenaf fiber reinforced materials. Compared with traditional materials, the use of this material can reduce the weight of parts by more than 30%, and each car can lose about one kilogram.

Other bio-based materials include cellulose-based center console components and rice husk electric cover holders, coconut-based hybrid materials, floor and seat materials containing recycled cotton, and seat cushions and headrests containing soybeans.

Tomato skins, stalks and tomato seeds, previously abandoned by ketchup maker Heinz, are also being studied for use in the manufacture of plant fiber for automobiles. In the collaboration announced in the middle of this year, Ford and Heinz have decided to accelerate research to make these tomato fertilizers into new materials that are lightweight and strong enough to meet the needs of vehicles, while reducing their environmental impact.

In terms of the use of non-bio-based waste materials, recycled yarn made from recycled plastic bottles and post-consumer waste has been made into seat fabrics. It is reported that due to the rapid development of China's renewable raw materials enterprises, Ford has been seeking opportunities in China to supply with local raw materials suppliers.

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