BASF and Ford develop a castor oil-based foam product to be used in the instrument panel of the ’12 Focus. Ford says the castor oil blend is stronger than previously used material, with 36% better tensile strength, a measure of the foam’s ability to hold its shape over time and use. It is more tear-resistant and minimizes component stretch to help airbags deploy more effectively. The product makes the instrument panel feel softer to the touch and takes 43% less time to cure than ...

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