Henry Ford gets his soy wish
Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company and father of the Model T, had his roots in rural America. That was part of the reason that Ford, in the 1920’s became convinced that soy products could be the raw material of choice for a variety of products, automotive and otherwise. He even had a suit made out of soy.
At one point, he used a soy base in the Model T’s paint, but he never really succeeded in making a soy product commercially practical for automotive use.
But it’s come full circle.
The Mustang is getting an interior with soy-based foam used for the seats. Production will begin in August at the Lear-owned Auto Alliance International Factory in Flat Rock, Michigan.
Gerhard Schmidt, vice president of Research & Advanced Engineering at Ford said that “[o]ur technical team had to overcome several significant hurdles to bring this environmentally responsible technology to production. We are pleased that our diligent efforts in developing this technology have resulted in the production of soy-foam for the Ford Mustang.”
Lear Seating Systems Division’s president, Ray Scott, also enthused about the new product: “Using renewable resources is an important means to supplying automotive products that improve environmental impact. This also helps in reducing the amount of pollution in the production of materials for automotive use. Ford Motor Company and Lear Corporation are able to bring this product to market ahead of our competitors due largely to our collaborative work with in the area of ‘Green’ technology.”
Source: Ford Muscle