[ Plastic Machinery Network Technology Innovation
] Ford Motor Company and American McDonald's will soon use the coffee beans common in breakfast to provide a reinforcing filler for the automotive industry for use in automotive parts such as headlamp housings.
Every year, millions of pounds of coffee bran (dried coffee beans) peel off naturally during roasting.
To this end, Ford has partnered with McDonald's to provide a new opportunity for innovative applications for most of these materials.
The two companies have discovered that chaff can be turned into a durable material that can be used to reinforce certain automotive parts.
In a low-oxygen environment, the bran is heated to a high temperature, and then mixed with plastic and other additives, and then made into plastic particles, which can be molded into various shapes with this material.
The bran composite material meets the quality requirements of automotive components such as headlight housings, other interior trim parts, and under-the-hood components.
Parts made from this material are approximately 20% lighter and can reduce energy consumption by 25% during molding.
Ford said the thermal properties of bran composites are significantly better than many materials currently in use.
This is Ford's first use of coffee bean skin for selected car parts.
Debbie Mielewski, technical leader of Ford's sustainable and emerging materials research team, said: "McDonald's commitment to innovation has impressed us and is consistent with our forward-looking vision and actions for sustainable development, which has been Ford's priority for more than 20 years. As a launch An example of a closed-loop economy, which allows different industries to work together to exchange materials that could be by-products or waste products. "
McDonald's expects that a significant portion of its coffee bran produced in North America will be shipped directly to Ford for use in automotive parts.
McDonald's Global Sustainability Leader Ian Olson said, "Ford, like McDonald's, is committed to reducing waste. Therefore, we are always looking for innovative ways to advance this goal. By finding a way to use coffee bran as a raw material, we are making Enhance cooperation between companies participating in the closed-loop economy. "
The collaboration between Ford and McDonald's is a new example of the two companies' innovative approaches to product development and environmental management.
Companies involved in the project include Varroc Lighting Systems, which provides headlights, and Competitive Green Technologies, which processes coffee bran.
Ford is moving toward the goal of "using increasingly extensive sustainable resources to use recycled plastic
in its globally manufactured cars."
By 2025, McDonald's will obtain 100% of its customer packaging from renewable, recyclable or certified sources.
In addition, McDonald's is using the NextGen Cup Consortium and Challenge to help develop recyclable and / or compostable cups, both of which are part of McDonald's good initiatives.
McDonald's and Ford plan to continue exploring ways to synergistically use waste as a resource while advancing their sustainable development goals.
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