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Eco-Conscious TPEs with Reduced Carbon Footprint to Hit Market in 2022 with New Teknor Apex-UBQ Materials Co-Development Partnership

First time UBQ™ to be used in TPE compounds, a preferred rubber-like material used across consumer products, automotive, industrial, building and construction industries.

      26 Apr 2022

TEL AVIV, Israel – April 26, 2022 – UBQ Materials, climate tech developer of advanced materials made from unsorted household waste, announced today that it is partnering with Teknor Apex Company (Pawtucket, RI), one of the largest custom thermoplastics compounders globally, to include UBQ™ in its latest line of sustainable thermoplastic elastomers (TPE).


UBQ™ is a sustainable plastic substitute converted entirely from unsorted municipal solid waste, including all organics, that have been diverted from landfills. UBQ™ is a novel worldwide patented material that has already been adopted by leading industry brands and enterprises for manufacturing durable products with reduced environmental footprints.


This partnership marks the first time UBQ™ will be used in TPE compounds, a rubber-like material used across industries. As the preferred material for applications requiring flexibility in the consumer products, automotive, industrial, and building and construction industries, TPEs combine the performance of thermoset rubber with the processability of a thermoplastic and can be recycled. Teknor Apex’s TPE production offerings are as diverse as the industries they serve—consisting of formulations specifically designed to meet market requirements for physical and thermal performance.


In the race to meet market demand for environmentally conscious materials, the TPE market is embracing new sustainable options. Customized TPE solutions provide the right balance of performance, manufacturability and economics, and introducing sustainable content increases the complexity.


Over the past year, Teknor Apex and UBQ have developed a series of TPEs incorporating various levels of UBQ™ and high-quality post-consumer recycled raw materials, diverting plastics from landfills, and creating greater circularity within the polymers supply chain.


“Incorporating UBQ™ into our TPEs, we are introducing the market to a new TPE option that is both cost-competitive and better for the planet,” said Jonathan Plisco, New Business Development Manager of Teknor Apex. “Many customers are looking for more sustainable options that meet both the functional and financial requirements of a competitive marketplace. Manufacturers can become a part of the waste solution by incorporating sustainable materials that divert waste and preserve finite natural resources.”


About UBQ Materials

UBQ Materials Ltd. has developed an advanced conversion technology, patenting the world’s first bio-based thermoplastic (UBQ™) made entirely of unsorted household waste, including all the organics—a revolutionary way to divert municipal solid waste from landfills and convert it into a sustainable substitute for oil-based plastics. A certified B Corp™, UBQ is a globally awarded climate tech company with customers including Mercedes-Benz, global retail solutions provider Mainetti, PepsiCo, and Arcos Dorados, the world’s largest franchisee of McDonald’s restaurants across Latin America.

With a climate-positive impact and cost-competitive price, UBQ™ empowers manufacturers with a simple transition to greater sustainability.

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About Teknor Apex

Teknor Apex Company, a privately held firm founded in 1924, is one of the world’s leading custom compounders of plastics. Teknor Apex produces flexible and rigid vinyl, thermoplastic elastomers, nylons, color masterbatches, specialty chemicals, and hoses. The company is headquartered in Pawtucket, RI, U.S.A. and operates thirteen manufacturing facilities worldwide in the United States, Belgium, Germany, China, and Singapore.

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The Thermoplastic Elastomer Division of Teknor Apex Company offers the broadest portfolio of TPE compounds available from a single source. The division compounds TPEs at eight locations in the U.S., Europe, and Asia under the brands: Elexar® (electrical and electronics applications), Medalist® (medical devices), Monprene® (consumer and industrial products), and Sarlink® (transportation).

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