Underscoring its commitment to support the greener vehicle goal of The Ford Motor Company, BASF Corporation (Florham Park, NJ) is supplying a polyamide (PA) 6 resin for selected air intake manifold (AIM) programs that includes the addition of post consumer recycled resin to the traditionally prime base polyamide. This customized grade, exclusive to North America, will be adopted on three of Ford's current production engines.
"Whenever technically possible, we are introducing recycled materials into our current production components," says Jeff Kosko, Engineering Supervisor for Intake Systems at Ford Motor Co. (Detroit). "Ford's 'reduce, reuse and recycle' commitments are part of its broader global sustainability strategy to reduce its environmental footprint. In 2009, Ford reduced the amount of automotive-related plastics to landfills by nearly 30 million pounds and saved approximately $4.5 million by reusing recycled materials," he adds....