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Japan looks to wood pulp to make lighter car parts

Under the "Kyoto Process", wood chips (left) and fibres are chemically treated and kneaded into plastics while simultaneously being broken down into nanofibres.


THE global push among carmakers to make ever lighter vehicles is leading some suppliers in Japan to turn to what seems like an unlikely substitute for steel - wood.

Japanese researchers and vehicle component makers say a material made from wood pulp weighs just one fifth of...