Metropolia and UPM proudly present: The innovative Biofore Concept Car!

04.03.2014

Biofore Concept Car's world premiere is today at the Geneva International Motor Show. The car is designed and built by Metropolia industrial design and automotive and mechanical engineering students. The car has been built in the premises of Metropolia since 2010, and about 50 students with more than 30 000 working hours have participated in the project.

- Biofore Concept Car has given our students a great learning opportunities. It has been a pleasure to see how students have been able to build a revolutionary and effective solution in a completely new situation, says Metropolia’s Vice President Vesa Taatila, who will present the car to the media this afternoon.

The Biofore Concept Car showcases the use of UPM’s innovative biomaterials in the automotive industry. The majority of parts traditionally made from plastics are replaced with high quality, safe and durable biomaterials, UPM Formi and UPM Grada, which can significantly improve the overall environmental performance of car manufacturing.

- Sustainability is a major subject globally. We were excited to be able to design and build a vehicle that would demonstrate that already today we have biomaterials that are a real alternative to traditional oil-based materials. During the past four years of building the Biofore Concept Car, our students have come to see that these biomaterials are of high quality, durable and also offer new design opportunities, says Pekka Hautala, Project Director from Metropolia.

-According to our Biofore strategy, we create value from renewable raw material - wood from responsibly managed forests - and strive for a more resource efficient future. The Biofore Concept Car is a fine manifestation of this. We are proud of the cooperation with Metropolia’s automotive engineering and industrial design students, and what we have achieved together, says Elisa Nilsson, Vice President of Brand and Communications at UPM.

The Biofore Concept Car will premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show on 4 March 2014 at 15:15-15:30 CET.

For more information please contact:

Pekka Hautala, Project Director
Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
tel. +358 50 048 3786
firstname.lastname@metropolia.fi

Biofore Concept Car website

Images and footage for media use


Welcome to Metropolia - Student selection now published

29.06.2017

The results of spring 2017 joint application have been published. In the autumn 3,700 new students begin their studies at Metropolia.
A total of 24 628 candidates applied to Metropolia this spring.
The applicant may track the results by logging into My Studyinfo at studyinfo.fi. Electrical letters...

Read More ››

Tuija Pulkkinen appointed Sales Director for EduExcellence Ltd

29.06.2017

The international education service provider EduExcellence Ltd has appointed Tuija Pulkkinen as its new Sales Director. Pulkkinen will take up the post on 16 August and will also serve as the company’s Managing Director.
EduExcellence Ltd is a new education export company owned jointly by thr...

Read More ››

From a School Project into a Recognized Innovation – Case Showerloop

26.06.2017

School projects are an efficient way to learn and sometimes can lead to unexpected and recognized innovations and business ideas. Jason Selvarajan, an environmental engineer graduated from Metropolia in 2013, started his Showerloop project during his studies, in attempt to create water- and energy s...

Read More ››

Helsinki to Launch Self-Driving Bus in Regular Service on RoboBusLine

15.06.2017

New logo of City of Helsinki
RoboBus will constitute the second phase in autonomous bus trials
The Finnish capital Helsinki plans to launch a new bus line operated with one self-driving bus to start operation in the fall of 2017. The introduction of Helsinki RoboBusLine represents a shift from an experimental phase to regular,...

Read More ››

13.06.2017

Master's-level Degree in Health Business Management exported to Sri Lanka

Human Resource Management Institute (HRMI) and Metropolia UAS have signed 13.6.2017 a partnership agreement regarding Master's-level Degree Programme in Health Business Management. The agreement was signed by the Human Resource Management Institute’s Head of Operations, Netthasinghe Nanayakkara Dil...

Read More ››

29.05.2017

Business Students Creating New Solutions for Finnish Red Cross

Metropolia Business School’s annual International Project Week (IPW) took place at Leppävaara campus on 15-19 May 2017. The project week focuses on business ethics and includes international lectures as well as practical work on a real-life company case in small groups. This year the event was...

Read More ››

26.05.2017

The academic year culminates in the spring graduation ceremonies

More than 3000 students graduated from Metropolia during the academic year 2016 - 2017. About 2600 students have received or are about to receive a Bachelor's degree diploma and nearly 400 have completed a Master's degree.
Most of the graduates of the past academic year are from the field of technology ...

Read More ››


Displaying results ###SPAN_BEGIN###%s to %s out of ###SPAN_BEGIN###%s