Ford and Heinz will develop cars from tomato

June 14, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Ford Motor Company and the firm H.J. Heinz Company are considering joint development of environmentally clean products of composite material remaining after processing tomatoes in the preparation of ketchup. The resulting bioplastic planned to use in the automotive industry.

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Ford Pic


Manufacturer ketchup turned to Ford after he started to look for opportunities of secondary use of tomato skin, stems and seeds remaining after processing two million tons of tomatoes per year. “We are exploring the use of such wastes of food industry in the production of cars. Our goal is to develop a strong and light material that meets the requirements that we make to our cars, as well as reducing the overall impact on the environment” – said Ellen Lee, technical expert in research in the field of plastics company Ford. In particular, tomato peel could be used in the manufacture of wire fasteners or compartments for storage of various items in the cars Ford.

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Heinz image

At the moment, the American automaker is working on a project to create plastics from raw materials of vegetable origin. Among them: the console parts, reinforced cellulose fibers, fixing wires filled with rice hulls, composite material based on coconut shell upholstery with cotton fabrics, as well as seat cushions and headrests with the filling of soy foam. Late last year, Ford presented a hybrid sedan Fusion Energi, built in partnership with Coca-Cola. Part of the interior parts manufactured from environmentally clean plastic used in the manufacture of bottles.

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