Bio-Based Materials' Automotive Value Chain

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The Bio-Based Materials Automotive Value Chain

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All statements, findings, and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Growth Dimensions for Belvidere and Boone County Inc. or the U.S. Department of Energy

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The Bio-Based Materials Automotive Value Chain

Center for Automotive Research

Report Prepared by: Kim Hill, Director, Sustainability & Economic Development Strategies Group Director, Automotive Communities Partnership Associate Director, Research Bernard Swiecki, Senior Project Manager Joshua Cregger, Industry Analyst

Report Prepared for: Growth Dimensions for Belvidere and Boone County Inc. 200 South State Street Belvidere, IL 61008 & U.S. Department of Energy 1000 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20585

April 2012

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) would like to thank Growth Dimensions for Belvidere and Boone County Inc., and the U.S. Department of Energy for support of this work. Growth Dimensions pursued the completion of this study in order to improve its capabilities in readily identifying and facilitating business opportunities for increased market penetration of bio-based plastics, polymers, and composites into supply chains feeding the automotive industry. This study is the result of a group effort. The authors would like to thank our CAR colleagues— Debbie Maranger Menk, Greg Schroeder, Valerie Sathe Brugeman, and Chris Hart—for their participation in meetings and assistance with content, analysis, and interpretation. Additional assistance was provided by Diana Douglass, who contributed greatly to the coordination of the project and the production of this document. The authors would also like to thank the representatives from all of the companies that met with CAR researchers and provided insight into the bio-based materials industry. In particular, the authors would like to thank representatives at Ford Motor Company; General Motors; Bayer Material Science LLC; Cooper Standard; DuPont; International Automotive Components (IAC); Michigan State University; Ontario BioAuto Council; and University of Toronto.

Kim Hill, MPP Director, Sustainability & Economic Development Strategies Group Director, Automotive Communities Partnership Associate Director, Research Bernard Swiecki Senior Project Manager Joshua Cregger Industry Analyst

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CENTER FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH The Center for Automotive Research (CAR), a nonprofit organization, is focused on a wide variety of important trends and changes related to the automobile industry and society at the international, federal, state and local levels. CAR conducts industry research, develops new methodologies, forecasts industry trends, advises on public policy, and sponsors multistakeholder communication forums. CAR has carried out the majority of national level automotive economic contribution studies completed in the United States since 1992.1 The research for this study has been performed by the Sustainability and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) group, led by Kim Hill, associate director of research. SEDS concentrates on the long-term viability and sustainability of the auto industry and the communities that lie at the heart of both the industry and the system.

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These studies include: The Center for Automotive Research. Contribution of the Motor Vehicle Supplier Sector to the Economies of the United States and its 50 States. Prepared for the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, Ann Arbor, January, 2007. The Center for Automotive Research. Contribution of Toyota to the Economies of Sixteen States and the United States in 2006. Prepared for Toyota Motor...
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