Bamboo is one of the world’s strongest natural resources. According to Janet Yin, Materials Engineering Supervisor at Ford’s Nanjing Research & Engineering Centre, and her team of engineers, it could be the future solution to producing high quality, eco-conscious vehicles.
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The climate change has forced big manufacturers to seek renewable, natural and generally more efficient ways to produce their products. Now, automobile manufacturer Ford has decided to join the movement, by incorporating bamboo into the interior of their cars.
The Drive reported that American automobile manufacturer Ford has decided to incorporate bamboo into their products. Janet Yin, engineering supervisor at Ford’s Nanjing Research & Engineering Centre, shares that bamboo has proven strong, durable, plentiful and much faster growing than ordinary wood. It is a fact that bamboo can grow up to three feet in a day and it takes between two and five years for the plant to reach full maturity. If Ford’s plans prove successful, this will be the beginning of a new era for bioplastic technologies and replacement of contemporary plastic used in the automobile industry and everyday life.
Auto Economic Times shared that Ford is quite optimistic when it comes to the use of bamboo in their vehicles. The company has announced that bamboo has performed better than other plastic and natural materials which have been put to the test and looks like an acceptable choice for their modifications.
The bamboo-based material has also been heated to 212 degrees Fahrenheit without losing its durability. It is possible that in the near future, the bamboo bioplastic will become a common material for the company. Bamboo will not be the first sustainable material, which will be used in Ford’s models. The manufacturer already uses Kenaf for its door bolsters. Rice hulls are used to reinforce plastic in Ford F-150 and wheat straws are used in Ford Flex to reinforce storage bin.
The future of renewable, sustainable industry is now one step closer to becoming a reality. Who know what other technology will become available in the near future. Ford has not yet given an exact date from which bamboo will become part of their design.