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Mitsubishi Motors Develops New Eco-Friendly Floor Mats Using Plant-Based Fibres

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, working with EIDAIKAKO Co.,Ltd., MRC Pylen Co.,Ltd. & Toyota Tsusho Corporation, has developed a new floor mat made using plant-based bio-PE fibre to add to its line-up of proprietary plant-based Green Plastic products

Jan. 15, 2012 - PRLog -- Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), working with EIDAIKAKO Co., Ltd., MRC Pylen Co., Ltd. and Toyota Tsusho Corporation, has developed a new floor mat made using plant-based bio-polyethylene (bio-PE) fibre to add to its line-up of proprietary plant-based Green Plastic products. The company plans to start production of the new floor mats in the summer of 2012.

Bio-PE is a plant-based resin made using sugarcane molasses (a thick syrup produced in the refining of raw sugar). The company has developed the bio-PE fibre for use in floor mat piling with an eye toward reducing usage of petroleum-based plastics and cutting CO2 emissions.

As opposed to conventional petroleum-based floor mats, the fibre in this new floor mat has a core-sheath structure in which the bio-PE core is covered with conventional petroleum-based polypropylene (PP) sheath which allows it to meet the high levels of performance demanded of car floor mats, including abrasion and heat resistance.

In-house calculations indicate that the new bio-PE fibre floor mat achieves a 15 per cent reduction in life-cycle CO2 emissions *1 over a similar mat made using petroleum-based PP fibre.

In its efforts to stop global warming and reduce dependence on petroleum, MMC is conducting research and development of a series of proprietary plant-based Green Plastics to replace petroleum-based plastics used widely in new car parts today.

The company's current range of plant-based Green Plastics products includes materials made using liquefied wood-based phenolic resins and interior surface materials which combine PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and cotton fibres. MMC will continue to push forward the development and the commercial application of these and other Green Plastics to help build more eco-friendly cars.

* 1: Plant-based materials are carbon neutral (a carbon-cycle concept which holds that CO2 emissions given off when a plant is burnt can be offset by the CO2 absorbed during photosynthesis in another plant in its growth process) and so allow a reduction in CO2 emissions throughout a product's lifecycle compared to petroleum-based materials.

For further information contact
Caitlin Beale
Corporate Communications Manager
Phone: 08 8275 7250
Mobile: 0417 243 719
E-Mail: cbeale@mmal.com.au

Shona Connolly
Co-ordinator Corporate Communications
Phone 08 8275 2676
E-Mail: sconnolly@mmal.com.au

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Mitsubishi Motors Australia is part of the global Mitsubishi Motors organisation and is fully owned by Mitsubishi, one of the world's largest companies.

The company's history dates back to 1870, when Mitsubishi's Japanese founder, Yataro Iwasaki, started a shipping company with three steamships. The company grew from strength to strength and, in 1914, registered the Mitsubishi three-diamond trademark. This symbol embodies more than 130 years of tradition, and has earned the confidence and trust of customers all over the world.

Mitsubishi works hard to develop award winning new cars and automotive technology. Find out more about Mitsubishi's eco-friendly cars today.

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