Briggs Supercenter Announces that Ford and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Research Using Coconut Fibers in Vehicles

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Ford and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company are researching the use of coconut fiber reinforcement for molded plastic parts to reduce the use of petroleum and make the parts lighter and more natural-looking

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Whether car buyers want to buy a new or used Ford in Kansas, Briggs Supercenter is the place to shop. As the premiere used car dealer in Manhattan, KS and surrounding areas, their sales professionals have their finger on the pulse of all the latest technology coming from the major car companies.

For example, over the past several years, Ford has concentrated on increasing the use of nonmetal recycled and bio-based materials to reduce its carbon footprint. Materials already in use include soy foam seat cushions and head restraints, wheat straw-filled plastic bins and castor oil foam in instrument panels. They've had great success with this.

“This is a win-win situation. We’re taking a material that is a waste stream from another industry and using it to increase the sustainability in our vehicles,” said Dr. Ellen Lee, technical expert for Plastics Research at Ford. “We continue to search for innovative renewable technologies that can both reduce our dependence on petroleum as well as improve fuel economy.”

Once the coconut coir comes to Ford, researchers combine it with plastic to deliver additional reinforcement to the part while eliminating the need for some petroleum. Along with making use of a renewable resource, the new part would be lighter in weight. The natural long fibers also are visible in the plastic and offer a more natural look than typical materials.

“ScottsMiracle-Gro uses more than 70 million pounds of coir a year in our consumer products,” said Dave Swihart, ScottsMiracle-Gro senior vice president of Global Supply Chain. “Teaming up with Ford to find a high-value use for our leftover coir material is very exciting for us as we continually work to make our products and operations more sustainable.”

Local Kansas residents who want a great deal on a used Ford in Manhattan, Kansas should stop by Briggs Supercenter. Their sales team is professional and standing by to answer any questions consumers might have about any of the makes and models they have available for sale. As Ford continues to innovate with great new cars, Briggs Supercenter does all they can to offer high quality used Ford models for sale.


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