Who Knew? – Vegetable Steel for Car Parts

In efforts to find and use sustainable materials in the manufacturing of car parts, Ford is exploring the use of bamboo in vehicle interiors. Bamboo is strong, flexible, totally renewable, and plentiful in China and many other parts of Asia.

Bamboo is natural, eco-friendly, and regenerates easily. It can grow as much as three feet per day and can reach maturity in two to five years. Other types of tree material can take decades to mature.

Ford’s research and engineering center has been working with suppliers for years to evaluate the best use for the material that has a tensile strength better than some types of metals. When combined with plastic it makes extra strong parts. It currently performs better than other synthetic and natural fibers in a variety of strength tests.

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