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Soy based foam used by Ford

I thought this was interesting. Way to go Ford ! :2008 Ford Mustang Gets Soy Review | Automotive News - PDF Download

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2008 Ford Mustang Gets Soy Review
June 23, 2010 by admin
Filed under: Car News, Ford

Ford Motor Company and Lear Corporation will mark an automotive milestone in August when production of soy-based foam for seats begins in the 2008 model year Ford Mustang. Ford has a rich history in incorporating soy-based materials into its products that dates back to the Model T. Ford’s industry-leading work with soy-foams was showcased in its award-winning Model U concept, which featured soy-based seat cushions and soy-based resin composite tailgate.
Environmental advantages of soy-foam include; a reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions compared to the current petroleum-based material, lower energy to produce, up to 24 percent renewable content, and a reduction of dependency on volatile energy markets.

Ford Motor Company and Lear Corporation will mark an automotive milestone in August when production of soy-based foam for seats begins in the 2008 model year Ford Mustang.
America’s beloved pony car will use the industry’s first soy-based flexible foam in the seat backs and seat cushions beginning in August at the Auto Alliance International factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, home of the Ford Mustang.
Ford has a rich history in incorporating soy based materials into its products. The Model T, for example, once contained 60 pounds of soybeans in its paint and molded plastic parts. Ford again showcased its industry-leading work with soy-foams in 2003 on the Model U concept, which featured soy-based seat cushions as well as a soy-based resin composite tailgate.
“Our technical team had to overcome several significant hurdles to bring this environmentally responsible technology to production,” said Gerhard Schmidt, vice president of Research & Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Company. “We are pleased that our diligent efforts in developing this technology have resulted in the production of soy-foam for the Ford Mustang.

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