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FORD, GE FIRST TO TEST NEW RECYCLING PROGRAM

 DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is the first automotive manufacturer in North America to recycle salvaged plastic parts from its previous models back into new Ford vehicles.
 Working with GE Plastics in a pilot program, Ford is using a material created from salvaged plastic Ford bumpers to mold new taillight housings for the 1993-model Taurus.
 "We have been recycling many different materials from our office and plants for a number of years," said O.B. "Bud" Marx III, Ford vice president - Automotive Components. "We also have been using materials such as recycled plastic pop bottles to make parts in our new vehicles. But this is the first time to our knowledge that a North American manufacturer is using recycled plastics from its older vehicles to make parts for its new ones."
 Automotive dismantlers collect plastic bumpers taken from salvaged Taurus, Sable, Tempo, Topaz, Aerostar, Escort and Tracer models. Third- party processors convert the bumpers into clean flake, which GE Plastics regenerates into pellets of XENOY REX resin. This resin meets or exceeds the engineering requirements of the material it replaces. The pellets are then molded into new taillight housings by Ford's Plastic and Trim Products Division plant in Sandusky, Ohio.
 The parts currently are being tested on a Taurus fleet leased by Hewlett-Packard Corporation in Palo Alto, Calif. "If the test continues to go well," said Marx, "we could start using the recycled plastics in production models by the end of the year."
 All metals are currently reclaimed from scrap vehicles but plastics have been difficult to recycle for several reasons -- including identification, mixed materials and ease of disassembly.
 As partners, Ford and GE are striving to build a market that will encourage re-use of automotive plastics.
 "The recycling partnership between Ford and GE Plastics is now creating new knowledge for the recovery, recycle and reuse of our materials in the complex automotive market," said Jeff Immelt, vice president - Commercial Operations for GE Plastics. "GE Plastics has also gained recycling experience in several other markets including business equipment, electronics, packaging and small appliances."
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 /NOTE: Photo available upon request.
 CONTACT: Mike Parris of Ford, 313-322-7998; or Dan Adamus of GE Plastics, 413-448-7447/
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CO: Ford Motor Company; GE Plastics ST: Michigan, Massachusetts IN: AUT SU: JVN

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