12 July 2007 21:01 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Ford and Lear will produce seat foam made from soy-based materials to be used in Ford's 2008 Mustang, the US car maker said on Thursday.
The use of soy-based flexible foam in the seat backs and seat cushions will be an industry first, Ford said. Production will begin in August at the Auto Alliance International factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, the company said.
Ford said it was the first automaker to demonstrate that soy-based polyols could be used at high percentage levels to make foam capable of meeting or exceeding automotive requirements.
In 2004, Ford and Lear formed a partnership to commercialise soy-foam applications, with initial work focused on the moulding of headrest and armrest components, said Ford.Ford and Lear collaborated with the new uses committee of the United Soybean Board, Urethane Soy Systems, Bayer and Renosol on soy-foam development, Ford said.
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