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UBQ Materials to establish waste conversion plant in the Netherlands

UBQ Materials to establish waste conversion plant in the Netherlands

UBQ converts landfill-destined waste into a sustainable, bio-based thermoplastic material. The new plant comes following EU demand to increase the use of plastic alternatives

James Spiro | 10:05  03.09.2020
Israeli cleantech company UBQ Materials has announced plans to open its first full-scale production facility in the Netherlands. The plans come following a decision ruled by the European Union to support the development of sustainable industries by increasing the use of plastic alternatives.

UBQ Materials has developed a patented process that converts landfill-destined waste into a sustainable, bio-based thermoplastic material. It can then substitute more conventional materials, such as plastic, wood, or concrete to be used for everyday products.
UBQ Materials Co-founder Tato Bigio. Photo: UBQ Materials UBQ Materials Co-founder Tato Bigio. Photo: UBQ Materials UBQ Materials Co-founder Tato Bigio. Photo: UBQ Materials

The composite, named UBQ™, will be sold all across Europe and exported to countries around the world. It is expected that the Netherlands-based facility will produce more than 70,000 tons of UBQ per year for the manufacturing of more sustainable products across several industries; pipes, floors, bins, shipping pallets, crates, auto parts, and 3D printing.

According to Quantis, a leading provider of environmental impact assessments, each ton of UBQ Material produced diverts 11.7 tons of CO2 equivalent, citing it as “the most climate positive thermoplastic material on the planet.”

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To mark the expansion of UBQ Materials, Netherlands’ ambassador to Israel, Hans Docter, will visit and tour the existing facility in Kibbutz Tse’elim, Israel on September 9.

UBQ Materials was founded in 2012 by Rabbi Yehuda Pearl and Tato Bigio. The company takes household waste and turns it into a renewable resource through its patented technology. The waste, which is transformed into UBQ, is an infinitely renewable thermoplastic resource, helping reduce transportation-related carbon footprints of businesses and consumers.

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