Toyota to use sugar cane-based PET in car interiors


Toyota Motor Corp. will use a sugar cane-based PET in vehicle liners and other interior surfaces in what it calls the world’s first use of the material.

Toyota Tsusho Corp., founded by the carmaker in the 1930s, developed the material with Toyota City-based Toyota. The bio-PET, called Ecological Plastic, offers improved performance in heat resistance and durability compared to other bio-based resins and can compete with standard PET, the company said in an Oct. 13 news release.

Toyota’s plans to use the PET extensively provides the volume...
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