Ford has licensed Deere & Company and Sears Manufacturing Company to further develop Ford’s soy-based flexible seat foam for John Deere farming equipment and other applications.
Ford first introduced soy-based polyol to the auto industry in the seat backs and seat cushions of the 2008 Ford Mustang. (Earlier post.) The 2008 Ford F-150, Expedition and Lincoln Navigator now also feature this technology, with the next application coming on the 2009 Ford Escape. Meanwhile, Deere has used soy-based products for body panels on some farm equipment.
Ford’s soy-based foam will be developed for use in the seat backs, seat cushions, arm rests and head rests of John Deere equipment, which is used in agriculture, forestry, construction, and lawn and turf care. Sears Manufacturing also will work to incorporate the technology into Class V-VII medium and heavy trucks.
The soy-based foam is licensed through Ford Global Technologies, LLC.