UPM – The Biofore Co.'s (Helsinki, Finland) Biofore concept car, a joint production of UPM and the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, is to premiere at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show, March 6-16, 2014. The unique concept car is designed to be a futuristic, street-legal vehicle that demonstrates the use of renewable biomaterials in the automotive industry.
Various parts of the concept car will be made from UPM’s bio-based materials — specifically, the UPM Formi biocomposite and UPM Grada thermoformable wood materials. UPM ForMi is a new, durable, high quality biocomposite material intended for use in injection moulding production. Made of renewable fibers and plastic, the compound is reportedly safe, odorless and uniform in quality. UPM ForMi is manufactured from pure polymers and pulp. UPM's supply chain and the use of renewable raw materials are said to ensure that the new composite also has a small carbon footprint (www.upmformi.com). These materials are expected to significantly improve the overall environmental performance of the car, without compromising its quality or safety. The concept car also will be fueled by UPM BioVerno wood-based renewable diesel. UPM Raflatac label materials will be used to mark spare parts as well as in the interior and exterior design of the car.
UPM is hoping that exhibiting the car at a world-class auto industry event will draw international attention not only to the car but also the students and other partners involved in the building process. “From the very beginning we have aimed to showcase the car in Geneva," says Pekka Hautala, Metropolia's technology manager. "In fact, we have phased the project accordingly. The car has recently been painted and we are proceeding well with the interior.”
“Sustainable innovations, close cooperation with future professionals and renewing with courage, have made the concept car a fine manifestation of our Biofore thinking. We are delighted that the highlight of this cooperation will take place at one of the automotive industry’s most esteemed events,” says Elisa Nilsson, UPM's VP of brand and communications.
In addition to UPM and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, several other partner companies and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation are involved in the Biofore concept car project.
For more information, please contact Elisa Nilsson, VP, brand and communications, UPM, Tel.: +358 2041 6143, or visit the concept car Web site: www.bioforeconceptcar.upm.com.
Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper Europe and North America and UPM Plywood. UPM products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. The Group employs around 22,000 people and its annual sales exceed €10 billion (about $13.5 billion).