USA: DaimlerChrysler Corporation to Expand Use Of Natural Fibers in Automotive Components
DaimlerChrysler Corporation will equip the new Mercedes-Benz Travego travel coach with a natural fiber-reinforced engine and transmission cover as standard equipment, the first natural fiber-reinforced exterior vehicle component to go into series production. Use of natural fibers reduces weight by 10 percent and lowers the energy needed for production by 80 percent, while the cost of the component is five percent lower than the comparable fiberglass-reinforced component, according to Professor Heinrich Flegel, director of Production Technology at the DaimlerChrysler Research Center in Ulm, Germany.
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