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Ford Motors testing Bamboo for Vehicle Interiors




Automobile Major Ford is testing a Bamboo Composite as a potential candidate to be used in its vehicle interiors. The company is testing this 'super hard material' made from Bamboo and plastic, which company is optimistic to use in its vehicles in the future.
Ford's Asia-Pacific division has been working with its suppliers for last several years to evaluate the viability of using bamboo as a material not just in the in interiors and upholstery of vehicles but also in the making of plastic parts of vehicles by use o the composite of bamboo and plastic.
Ford has tested bamboo and its composite for its tensile strength, impact strength and its temperature bearing capacities, and the company says material holds its integrity far comprehensively better than other synthetic and natural fibres.
Janet Yin, Material engineering supervisor at Ford's Nanjing Research and Engineering Center
Janet Yin, Material engineering supervisor at Ford
Amazed by the qualities of bamboo, Janet Yin, a material engineering supervisor at Ford's Nanjing Research and Engineering Center Says, "Bamboo is strong, flexible, totally renewable, and plentiful in China and many other parts of Asia."
Ford has been experimenting and using various sustainable and recycled materials in its vehicles for last several years, including  Kenaf leaves in the door bolsters of Ford Escape, Recycled plastic bottles in floor carpeting, wheel liners and shields in several vehicles including Ford Transit and C-MAX, REPREVE fabric, made from recycled plastic bottles in F-150, Rice hulls are used to reinforce plastic in Ford F-150 electrical harness, Soy-based foams are used as seat cushions, seatbacks, and head restraints, post-consumer tires are used in seals and gaskets, post-consumer nylon carpeting is used as cylinder head covers in Ford Escape, Fusion, Mustang and F-150, Post-consumer cotton from denim and T-shirts is used as interior padding and sound insulation in most Ford vehicles.

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