Ford uses EcoLon material to reduce environmental impact

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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As the automotive industry continues to move forward, more focus is placed on innovative technologies in order to ensure that vehicle manufacturing remains viable. Hydrogen fuel cells, solar panels, and electric motors are all major steps forward, but small innovations matter as well. After all, small advantages gained here and there can yield big improvements in the design and production of new vehicles.

A perfect example of small but significant innovation comes from Ford Motor Company which has partnered with Wellman Engineering Resins to make use of Wellman's ingenious EcoLon nylon resin. EcoLon is an eco-friendly material that's manufactured entirely from recycled carpet. Ford says its use of EcoLon is responsible for preventing over four million pounds of carpet from going to landfills.

All well and good, but what exactly is EcoLon used in? Ford uses the material as an alternative to conventional cylinder head covers. EcoLon is used on the 3.0-litre Duratec V6 engine that powers the Ford Fusion and Escape, as well as the 5.0-litre V8 engine that powers the Ford Mustang and F-150. All of the EcoLon cylinder head covers are manufactured for Ford by Dana Holding Corporation.
"By working with Wellman and Dana, Ford has found a way to bring green applications to a new, unique location in our vehicles," said Ford Manager of Engine Design, Brett Hinds. "This single use has made an incredible impact, and we're continuing to look for ways to expand the use."

The use of EcoLon resin comes as part of Ford's "Reduce, reuse, and recycle" mandate. It's part of the company's global sustainability initiative to reduce its harmful environmental impact, while simultaneously creating new innovative automotive technologies.

As the automotive industry continues to evolve, expect major automakers to increase their use of innovative technologies in an effort to reduce harmful environmental effects, reduce production costs, and maintain or improve their sustainability in the industry.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Ford, Recycling, EcoLon,

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