Mitsubishi Motors Develops New Eco-friendly Floor Mats Using Plant-based Fibers
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Mitsubishi Motors Develops New Eco-friendly Floor Mats Using Plant-based Fibers
Significantly reduced oil in the mats cuts life-cycle CO2 emissions.

Tokyo, Dec 12, 2011 - (JCN Newswire) - 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) fiber to add to its lineup 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 fiber 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 floormats, the fiber in this new floormat 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 fiber floor mat achieves a 15 percent reduction in life-cycle CO2 emissions over a similar mat made using petroleum-based PP fiber. (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.)

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 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 fibers. MMC will continue to push forward the development and the commercial application of these and other Green Plastics.

About Mitsubishi Motors

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (TSE: 7211) was established in 1970 and is one of the few automobile companies in the world that produces a full line of automotive products ranging from 660-cc mini cars and passenger cars to commercial vehicles and heavy-duty trucks and buses. The company also operates consumer financing services and provides this to its customer base. For more information, please visit

About Toyota Tsusho Corporation

Toyota Tsusho Corporation was established in 1948 and is the trading arm of the Toyota group. General trader of iron and steel. Operations are carried out through the following divisions: metals, machinery and information, industrial vehicles, industrial materials, lifestyle products and others. Metals accounted for 47% of 2000 revenues; machinery and information, 19%; industrial vehicles, 13%; industrial materials, 12%; lifestyle products 8% and others 1%.


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Dec 12, 2011
Source: Mitsubishi Motors
Source: Toyota Tsusho Corporation

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