Car Parts are being made using McD's coffee waste by Ford
1 Day Ago, Peter Mühlbacher
Ford is ready to provide cars a caffeine boost. The automajor has lastestly
partnered with McDonald USA to use coffee beans in headlight housing and other
automobile parts it will produce.
The first auto component to be manufactured using the chaff will be headlamp
housings. Each headlight housing uses chaffs from about 300,000 beans. They
are also more durable because the chaff composite can withstand heat better,
according to Ford officials.
Every year, McDonald's produces more than 62 million pounds of coffee chaff in
the US alone. That's the unused dried skin that comes off of coffee beans during
the roasting process. And that 62 million pounds used to go straight to landfills.
The companies discovered that chaff can be changed into a durable material to
reinforce certain vehicle parts. By heating the chaff to high temperatures under
low oxygen, mixing it with plastic and other additives and turning it into pellets, the
material can be formed into various shapes.
Ford has set a goal for itself to only use recycled and renewable plastics in its
global vehicle fleet.
Ford claims that the chaff composite meets the quality specifications for parts
likely headlamp housings and other interior and under hood components. The final
components will be about 20 percent lighter and require up to 25 percent less
energy during the molding process.
Heat properties of the chaff component are significantly better than the currently
used material, according to Ford. This is the first time Ford has used coffee bean
skins to convert into select vehicle parts.