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FORD INCREASES VEHICLE RECYCLABILITY

 FORD INCREASES VEHICLE RECYCLABILITY
 DEARBORN, Mich., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Since 1903, Ford Motor


Company (NYSE: F) has been assembling vehicles. Now Ford is learning more about disassembly of their products to maximize recycling and re-use potential.
 Ford of Germany's newly appointed supplier, the Nauerz Company, will provide disassembly and disposal services to Ford owners in the Cologne area. This program will allow skilled experts to apply the information and experience gained through Ford's own pilot disassembly facility in Niehl, Germany.
 Automobiles are already among the most highly recycled of consumer products. Approximately 75 percent (by weight) -- primarily the metallic content -- of a scrapped vehicle is presently recycled. Ford is working on ways to make the level of recycling even better. It is the remaining nonmetallic content of the vehicle, commonly known in the recycling business as "fluff" -- consisting of miscellaneous materials such as plastics, rubber, glass, fabrics and dirt -- that has been the focus of Ford studies under way in Germany and also in the United States.
 The Niehl, Germany, pilot vehicle disassembly facility will help increase the recyclability of Ford vehicles through the development of automotive design guidelines for areas such as material selection and compatibility, attachment methods, material coding and design for disassembly. The experience gained by Ford of Germany will contribute to efforts already under way in the United States.
 In November 1991, Ford, Chrysler Corporation, and General Motors Corporation formed the Vehicle Recycling Partnership (VRP) in the United States to promote and conduct research required for development of necessary technology to increase recovery and re-use of materials from scrap motor vehicles. In February 1992, major automotive companies in the United Kingdom -- Ford, Rover, Vauxhall, Jaguar, BMW, Nissan and Peugeot Talbot -- launched ACORD (Automotive Consortium on Recycling and Disposal) to develop an environmentally sound strategy for the entire U.K. automotive industry.
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 /CONTACT: Lin Cummins of Ford, 313-845-0627/
 (F) CO: Ford Motor Company ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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