Mazda uses Mitsubishi Bio-based Plastic for the newest Mazda Roadster RF Exterior parts

Mazda RoadstarDURABIO of Mitsubishi Chemicals Corporation is based on a bio-based engineering plastic made of isosorbide-derived from plants. DURABIO has excellent characteristics such as excellent performance, higher resistance to impact, heat, and weather than conventional engineering plastics. In addition to these benefits, the plastic can be easily be colored.

There is no need for a coating process, thus reducing emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from paints. Mitsubishi Chemicals Corporation and Mazda has jointly developed a new grade of DURABIOTM that does not require coating and can be used for exterior design parts. Mazda’s CX-9, Axela, and Demio have used the new grade for interior and exterior design parts since 2015. The Roadstar RF is the fifth model of Mazda to use Durabio, and the new grade is going to be used in more models. MCC will speed up its research and development effort on Durabio and has plans to expand applications for automobile interior design parts as well as the expansion of its use in exterior design parts. These efforts will contribute to environment-friendly automobile production.

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, or MCC, is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation. MCC, founded in 1934, was a Japanese corporation that merged with Mitsubishi Pharma Corporation in 2005 to create Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation.

Mazda is a Japanese automaker based in Fuchu, Aki District, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. In 2011, Mazda was the fifteenth biggest automaker by production worldwide.

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