Mazda co-develops bio-based engineering plastic


Mazda Motor Corporation (Hiroshima, Japan) and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Tokyo) have jointly developed a bio-based engineering plastic that can be used for exterior parts for automobiles without the need for painting.

The material can be colored to reportedly produce a finish of higher-quality than can be achieved with traditional painted plastic. "The deep hue and smooth, mirror-like finish of the surface make the newly-developed plastic suitable for external vehicle parts with a 'high design factor,'" according to Mazda.

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