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Ford to develop wheat straw-reinforced plastic in vehicle.

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Ford Motor Company (Ford) (NYSE: F), a United States-based automaker, is developing and will be using environmentally friendly wheat straw-reinforced plastic in its vehicles.

The first application of the natural fibre-based plastic will be on the 2010 Ford Flex's third-row interior storage bins. The product has been developed in collaboration with the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, the University of Guelph, University of Toronto and University of Windsor.

According to Patrick Berryman, a Ford engineering manager who develops interior trim, 'Ford continues to explore and open doors for greener materials that positively impact the environment and work well for customers. We seized the opportunity to add wheat straw-reinforced plastic as our next sustainable material on the production line, and the storage bin for the Flex was the ideal first application.'

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