Ford has long been a leader in manufacturing, going all the way back to the first assembly line—the cornerstone of virtually all manufacturing, vehicle or otherwise, done today. Because of this, many other companies in the automotive world look to Ford for innovation and expertise—and they rarely disappoint. Take, for instance, the 2014 Ford F-150 pickup truck, which is already making waves for its innovative use of sustainable materials in the manufacturing process to take us further into the future of green manufacturing.
Not to say that there aren’t green aspects to the average Frankfurt Ford truck—in fact, many Ford vehicles, trucks included, are segment leaders in their fuel economy and the environmental impact of their manufacturing process. And this extends to the development of Ford factories and facilities as well. But the 2014 F-150 pickup is a little different: a recent addition is rice hulls, which are utilized as reinforcement in some of the electrical components of the truck, and replace a non-recyclable component used before.
These rice hulls, which are a byproduct of rice grain, are sourced from a farm in Arkansas, and Ford expects to utilize 45,000 pounds or more of the material in the coming year. But this isn’t the only place that Ford researchers in Dearborn, Michigan have found to utilize sustainable materials in the F-150. There are also components composed of recycled cotton (for insulation and sound absorption), soybeans (in cushions), and recycled products like tires and bottles. Wherever you look in the Ford F-150 pickup, you will find places where Ford has lead the manufacturing world in using recycled and sustainable products to keep their processes green without sacrificing quality.