Metropolia and UPM build Biofore concept car

21.05.2013

Helsinki Metropolia UAS and UPM test the use of renewable biomaterials in auto industry by building a Biofore concept car. Together with Metropolia, UPM is now able to test the use of renewable biomaterials in automotive applications. The Automotive Engineering students as well as Industrial Design students of Metropolia lead the design and manufacture of the car. The project is a cooperation of several organizations, including also the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation.

- For our students, it is a valuable experience to achieve such a target after several years of focused work. This kind of cooperation project makes is possible, says Pekka Hautala, Technology Manager from Metropolia.

The Biofore concept car is designed following the principles of sustainability and recyclability.

- UPM creates value from renewable and recyclable materials by combining the expertise and technologies from fibre-based, energy-related and engineered materials businesses. With our breakthroughs, various industries can now replace fossil components with biomaterial-based alternatives without compromising quality, durability or safety, says Juuso Konttinen, Vice President, New Businesses & Development, UPM.

In the concept car many traditionally plastic parts are made of UPM Grada thermoformable wood material and UPM ForMi cellulose fibre biocomposite. Both UPM Grada and UPM ForMi bring considerable environmental benefit in the overall lifecycle of modern vehicle manufacturing. The concept car will be driven with UPM BioVerno woodbased renewable diesel. UPM’s label materials will be used to mark spare parts as well as in the interior and exterior design. The concept car will be manufactured to be a street-legal vehicle and will be finalized during spring 2014.

For further information please contact:
Pekka Hautala, Technology Manager
Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
tel. +358 20 783 6115

For more information, please visit also:
Concept Car website

 


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