recycles soybeans in engine seals and gaskets
Ford and supplier Recycled Polymeric Materials
(RPM) have found a way to put discarded tires to good use. By
combining recycled tires with bio-renewable content, they are
delivering environmentally friendly seals and gaskets for Ford
Motor Company vehicles.
The gaskets and seals are derived from 25 percent post-consumer
particulate from recycled tires and 17 percent bio-renewable
content from soy.
In total, more than 2.2 million pounds of rubber from recycled
tires has been made into RPM seals and gaskets and more than
210,000 used tires have been recycled. Additionally, 150,000
pounds of soy have been used to create the materials.
The seals also offer weight savings, with more than 1,675 tons
of weight removed from Ford vehicles on the road.
“When it comes to finding a way to use more renewable and recyclable
content in our vehicles, Ford and our suppliers are looking at
every part of a vehicle,” said Dr. Cynthia Flanigan, technical
leader, Research and Innovation. “As long as an application makes
sense and upholds strict quality standards, we’ll look to get
these sustainable materials inside our vehicles.”
The sustainable gaskets were first introduced to Ford in 2008
and have now expanded to include 11 vehicles.