Ford seeks partners on green projects


Ford Motor Co. is continuing its push into environmentally friendly materials for its cars, and is looking to partner with researchers and suppliers who have innovative approaches.

“I’m not picky. I’ll take recycled [parts] just as easily as renewable,” said Debbie Mielewski, technical leader of Ford’s plastics research group, during the Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive TPO Conference Oct. 4 in Sterling Heights. “The vision is to take all these environmentally important materials and put them into the car.”

Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford touts its green credentials as the first automaker to begin using soybean oil urethane blends in its seats, starting in 2004. It added wheat straw...
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