Sunday, March 12, 2006

Mitsubishi to Use Green Plastic

In an effort to help stop global warming, slow the depletion of oil reserves, and protect forests; Mitsubishi has developed a bamboo-fibre reinforced plant-based resin for use in automobile interiors to cut carbon dioxide emissions through-out the vehicles life cycle.

This plant-based resin product is called polybutylene succinate (PBS) was developed with co-operation between Mitsubishi and the Aichi Industrial Technology Institute.

Mitsubishi plans to substitute the plant-based resin product for materials such as petroleum-based resins and wood hard-boards used in car interiors. A new concept mini-car will be the first concept car that uses those parts as the interior. This car will be introduced in Japan in 2007.

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