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Natural fibre composites high on the Ford agenda
The use of corn-based, compostable and natural-fibre filled composite parts, in addition to soy-based protein fillers in rubber for items such as door seals, floor mats, gaskets and splash shields are just two of the areas currently being explored by Ford.
Recyclable glass and carbon fibre plastics
German researchers claim to have developed recyclable carbon-fibre reinforced plastics (CFRPs), and glass fibre reinforced plastics (GFRPs) that can be used in car chassis.
Bio-based hybrid car makes race debut
An urban hybrid concept car with a body made from hemp and a renewable resin which will take part in tomorrow's Shell Eco-marathon at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz racetrack in Germany.
Self-healing car chassis
A new type of polyurethane material derived from the shells of crabs could replace traditional self-healing epoxy resins in cars, electronic devices, mobile phones and even furniture, according to US researchers.
Award for new Huntsman fuel cell resins
Two new resin systems from Huntsman Advanced Materials received the 2009 JEC Composites Show Raw Materials Innovation Award at the recent Paris event. The new resins are said to meet the most stringent requirements for graphite composite fuel cells for the large scale production of automotive and stationary power components.
Denso employing plant-derived resin in radiator
DuPont?s plant-derived Zytel 610 nylon resin is being employed in a new automotive radiator end tank manufactured by Japanese-headquartered Tier 1 supplier Denso Corporation.
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