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Ford, Heinz collaborate to explore use of tomato by-product to make composite materials

5:16 AM MDT | June 12, 2014 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Source: Ford. Researchers at Ford Motor Co. and Heinz are investigating the use of tomato fibers to develop composite materials for use in vehicle manufacturing, the companies announced. Dried tomato skins could become the wiring brackets in a Ford vehicle or the storage bin a Ford customer uses to hold coins and other small objects, the companies say. Ford began collaborating with Heinz, Coca-Cola, Nike, and Procter & Gamble almost two years ago, to accelerate development of a 100% plant-based plastic to make items ranging from fabric to packaging and with a...

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