BioAmber, Faurecia and Mitsubishi Chemical collaborate on automotive bioplastics

Faurecia has been conducting research into bioplastics derived from 100 % natural materials since 2006 (BioMat project) and has recently agreed on a partnership with Mitsubishi Chemical to co-develop a full range of bioplastics designed for mass-production for use in automotive interior parts (door panel trim strip, structural instrument panel and console inserts, air ducts, door panel inserts, etc.). The joint development will start by modifying Mitsubishi Chemical's patented biomass-derived PBS and ultimately target to be produced from 100 % bio-sources. Faurecia will hold exclusive rights to ­automotive applications of the specific polymers jointly developed under this project.