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Ford Pioneers Patent-Pending Use of Eco-Friendly Soy Oil in Rubber Automotive Parts
Date:7/7/2010

DEARBORN, Mich., July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

  • Ford's researchers find that using renewable soy oil as a 25 percent replacement for petroleum oil more than doubles rubber's stretchability and reduces its environmental impact

  • Ford's biomaterial researchers are applying for a patent for soy oil-based rubber that can be used in automotive parts such as deflector shields and baffles, radiator deflector shields, cupholder inserts and floor mats

  • Ford previously pioneered the use of soy oil in foam for seat cushions, seatbacks and vehicle headliners; there are more than 2 million Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles on the road today with bio-based foam content  

Ford Motor Company's biomaterial researchers have engineered a patent-pending formula to use renewable soy oil to improve rubber car parts and make them more environmentally friendly.

By using renewable soy oil as a 25 percent replacement for petroleum oil, Ford researchers more than doubled rubber's stretchability and reduced its environmental impact. Soy-based rubber parts such as radiator deflector shields, air baffles, cupholder inserts and floor mats are under consideration for future Ford vehicle programs.

"Ford is focused on finding innovative ways to make our vehicles more eco-friendly," said Cynthia Flanigan, Ford technical leader in elastomeric polymers. "Soy-based rubber has win-win potential as it provides superior stretchability and serves as a renewable resource that helps reduce carbon dioxide emissi
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