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UPM Biofore concept bows in Geneva

 UPM Biofore concept bows in Geneva
UPM Biofore concept

Features a variety of eco-friendly components

UPM and students from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences have teamed up to unveil the Biofore concept at the Geneva Motor Show.

Envisioned as an eco-friendly automobile of the future, the Biofore has an aerodynamic exterior with a distinctive greenhouse and suicide rear doors.

Styling aside, the construction is what really sets the Biofore apart from other concepts. Instead of using traditional materials, the Biofore uses thermoformable wood for the passenger compartment floor, door panels and center console. The front bumper, side skirts, dashboard and interior panels were also made from Formi biocomposite materials. These components aren't just eco-friendly as UPM says they are 150 kg (330 lbs) lighter than traditional components.

Motivation is provided by a 1.2-liter diesel engine which runs on UPM’s wood-based BioVerno diesel fuel.

According to UPM's Vice President of Brand and Communications, Elisa Nilsson, “The Biofore Concept Car showcases the potential of UPM’s biomaterials. Not only for the automotive industry, but also for various other end-uses including design, acoustics - a wide range of industrial and consumer applications. The possibilities are endless."

Check out the press release for additional information

Source: UPM

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. The Biofore Concept Car is designed and manufactured by students from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

Parts made of UPM Grada thermoformable wood material are the passenger compartment floor, centre console, display panel cover and door panels. Grada technology revitalises the forming of wood with heat and pressure, and opens up new opportunities for designs not achievable with traditional methods. UPM Grada’s unique forming properties enable high quality ecological designs which are also visually appealing.

Parts made of UPM Formi biocomposite include front mask, side skirts, dashboard, door panels and interior panels. UPM Formi is a durable, high quality biocomposite for injection moulding, extrusion and thermoforming production. Consisting of renewable fibres and plastic, the material is non-toxic, odourless and uniform in quality. UPM Formi is ideal both for industrial and consumer applications. UPM's responsible supply chain combined with use of renewable raw materials ensure a small carbon footprint.

The vehicle runs on UPM’s wood-based renewable dieselUPM BioVerno, which will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels. UPM BioVerno is suitable for all diesel engines, including the 1.2 litre low-emission diesel engine featured in the Biofore Concept Car. Moreover, thanks to UPM’s biomaterials, the car is approximately 150 kilogrammes lighter than its equivalents, resulting in lower fuel consumption.

UPM Raflatac’s self-adhesive label materials are used to mark spare parts as well as in the interior and exterior design of the car. All labels used in the Biofore Concept Car have been manufactured using the latest adhesive technology and solvent-free production processes.

“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.

“The Biofore Concept Car showcases the potential of UPM’s biomaterials. Not only for the automotive industry, but also for various other end-uses including design, acoustics - a wide range of industrial and consumer applications. The possibilities are endless," says Elisa Nilsson, Vice President of Brand and Communications at UPM.

“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,” Nilsson concludes.

The Biofore Concept Car will premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show on 4 March 2014 at 15:15-15:30 CET. You are warmly welcome to visit us during the event at stand 6438.

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