Ford says it plans to make extensive use of a cellulose fiber reinforcement composite that has been newly developed by forest products giant Weyerhaeuser and its partners.
The automaker announced today that the new proprietary, patent-pending composites meet its requirements for stiffness, durability and temperature resistance. The parts made with the composite material weigh about 10% less and can be produced 20% to 40% faster and with less energy compared with fiberglass-reinforced compounds.
A press release issued by Ford makes this statement: "...the cellulose-based plastic composite material could be as important to Ford as soybeans have become. Ford uses soybean-based cushions in all of its North American vehicles such as the all-new Fusion, saving about 5 million pounds of petroleum annually."...