The Robocar Walk is said to represent a new concept for self-driving mobility and a partner in how people transport themselves moving forward.
MCNS uses castor seeds—non-edible plant matter that does not compete with food sources—in creating its Econykol.
This then serves as a raw material for a polyurethane product on a positive list that serves as the basis for BiomassPla certification (overseen by the Japan BioPlastics Association).
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Polyurethane foam using Econykol is already finding increasing use in cushion materials for automotive seats and furniture.
Now, MCNS is also supplying Econykol as a raw material for seat cushions in ZMP’s Robocar Walk, making for a 27 percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared with general-purpose polyurethane foam.
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Taniguchi said. “Further here, we think it’s essential to make use of materials that are both people-friendly and environment-friendly. By adopting Econykol, we’re able to create robotics that are both people-friendly and eco-friendly – making it possible to provide even more value to our customers.”
Econykol is manufactured by Vithal Castor Polyols Pvt. Ltd. (Mumbai, India), a JV established in 2013 in India – the world’s largest source of castor beans – and owned 50 percent by Jayant Agro-Organics Ltd., 40 percent by MCNS and 10 percent by Itoh Oil Chemicals Co., Ltd.