Bamboo may soon be used in the production of Ford cars.


Research conducted by the company over the past few years has shown bamboo to perform better than other synthetic and natural fibers in a range of tests, ranging from strength to impact absorption.

It has also been shown to resist extreme temperatures, maintaining its integrity when heated to 100 degrees centigrade (212 Fahrenheit).

Janet Yin, materials engineering supervisor at Ford’s Nanjing Research and Engineering centre said: “Bamboo is amazing.

“It’s strong, flexible, totally renewable and plentiful in China and many other parts of Asia.”

Bamboo which can grow at an astonishing three feet a day is not the only unusual material Ford have started to explore using.

The company has recently announced a partnership with tequila producer, Jose Cuervo, to look at how it could use the agave plant byproducts to develop more sustainable bioplastics.

This is the latest in a long line of sustainable and recyclable projects that Ford undertake including, using the cotton from old denim and t-shirts as interior padding and sound insulation, and using recycled plastic bottles as floor carpeting in the Ford Transit.

The varying uses of bamboo have been recognised over the centuries and across continents, with Thomas Edison experimenting with it when producing the first light bulb to being used as the main building material of houses due to its tensile strength rivaling metal.

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