Ford’s vision of a lightweight hemp composite car realised by automaker Faurecia 75 years on

Jane Denny

 

A hemp-based fibre material which its developers claim weighs up to 25% lighter than standard injection-molded parts is being used in cars three-quarters of a century after Henry Ford unveiled his lightweight hemp car.

Faurecia’s natural fibres for injection process (NAFI) uses in-line compounding to add fibres such as hemp or kenaf to polypropylene to reinforce parts in place of heavier glass.

 

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