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Monday, October 10, 2005

Nanotechnology catches on at Ford

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Ford Motor Co. will collaborate with aircraft maker Boeing Co.p. and Northwestern University to research how nanotechnology can improve car and plane design and ultimately lead to more alternative-powered vehicles.

Ford is promoting the alliance as evidence of the automaker's commitment to innovation as a means of improving sales and returning to profitability.

"Creativity and innovation is the competitive advantage," said Anne Stevens, Ford group vice president for Canada, Mexico and South America. Stevens announced the alliance Thursday at the opening of the Ford Motor Co. Engineering Design Center on Northwestern's campus, which was funded in part with a $10 million donation from the automaker.

Researchers from Ford and Boeing will work with Northwestern faculty members to develop nanocomposites, specialty metals, thermal materials and sensors that could be used to make vehicles stronger, lighter, more powerful and less expensive to manufacture.

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