SAE 2011 Workshop to Characterize Biobased Materials in Vehicles for the USDA BioPreferred Program

SAE 2011 Workshop to Characterize Biobased Materials in Vehicles for the USDA BioPreferred Program

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Friday, April 15, 2011
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cobo Center (Room O2-33)
Detroit, Michigan USA

Rationale/Focus for Workshop:
Purpose: Create a platform for discussion for the automotive industry, US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and suppliers regarding the current and future technologies of biobased materials in autos. The USDA is currently identifying the federal government's purchasing preferences and labeling requirements for biobased materials and products. Automobiles have been designated as complex assemblies under this program and information and cooperation between USDA and the auto sector will be necessary for the future success of such regulations regarding autos. Examples of automobile biobased components include biobased resins, soy-based resins, bio-fillers in plastic, natural fiber filler in plastics, and sustainable fabrics.

The Vehicles Materials Task Force of the Green Technology Systems Group has identified a need for a workshop for the auto industry, manufacturers and suppliers, to review the current state of biobased materials in vehicles and the potential implications of the USDA BioPreferred Program for the auto industry. The USDA has agreed to speak and participate in the workshop to further the dialogue regarding the designation of automobiles as complex assemblies.

Organized by SAE's Green Technology Systems Group (GTSG), Vehicle Materials Task Force

Point of Contact: Carol Henry, Secretary, GTSG; Pat Beattie, Chair, GTSG

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