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Teknor Apex Implements UBQ™ in New Eco-Conscious Monprene® TPE with 35 Percent Sustainable Content

Combining UBQ™ with Post-Consumer Recycled Material Offers Major Brands a Sustainable Option with Reduced Carbon Footprint

      31 Jan 2023

Tel Aviv – January 31, 2023 – UBQ Materials, climate tech developer of advanced materials made from waste, announced today that Teknor Apex is implementing UBQ™ into its new Monprene® S3 CP-15170 BLK, an eco-conscious thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) made with 35 percent sustainable content.


UBQ™ is a sustainable plastic substitute converted entirely from organic and unrecyclable waste. Biobased and highly recyclable, UBQ™ offers a climate-positive solution towards a circular economy. By replacing oil-based raw materials with UBQ™ in TPE formulations, Teknor Apex is helping to address the global waste crisis, preserving finite natural resources, and reducing the carbon footprint of end products which utilize its TPE.


The new Monprene TPE is initially available in 70 Shore A and is colored black. It performs and processes comparable to its standard TPE offset. The durometer and amount of sustainable content can be customized based on end-use requirements. This high flow TPE is designed specifically for injection molding or overmolding onto PP – ideal for consumer product applications requiring flexibility such as hand tools, footwear, electronics and appliances that include soft-touch components for anti-slip, comfort grip, and improved ergonomics. Monprene TPEs combine the performance of thermoset rubber with the processability of a thermoplastic and can still be recycled.


“We are excited to further develop our partnership to include UBQ™ in our latest line of sustainable TPE. This new product enables sustainable product design and reduces dependency on virgin petroleum-based plastic,” said Jonathan Plisco, New Business Development Manager of Teknor Apex. “In the race to meet market demand for environmentally conscious materials, we are proud to offer new sustainable options that provide the right balance of performance, manufacturability and economics.”


Demand for UBQ™ continues to build globally, as companies work to reach carbon reduction commitments in the production of end-products. Teknor Apex has been an early adopter of UBQ™, paving the way for other materials companies to develop more sustainable products within a circular economy. As a result of increasing demand, UBQ Materials will open a new facility in the Netherlands with an annual production output of 80,000 tons of UBQ™, further bridging the gap between the global ecosystems of waste and materials.


“Teknor Apex’s implementation of our bio-based thermoplastic into its product lines strengthens our shared commitment to reshape how things are made and improve the footprint of everyday products,” said Derek Schaefer, VP of Business Development, UBQ North America. “We all have a role to play in reducing methane emissions, through this new ‘Made with UBQ™’ product line, manufacturers have the ability to contribute to a truly circular economy where human consumption lives in harmony with the planet.”


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.


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. To learn more visit:


The Thermoplastic Elastomer Division of Teknor Apex Company offers the broadest portfolio of TPE compounds available from a single supplier, including TPS, TPV, TPO, and TPU solutions. 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).


READER INQUIRY INFORMATION: Americas: Teknor Apex, 505 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02861 U.S.A. Tel: 1-401-725-8000. Tel. from U.S. only: 1-866-GET-TPEs (1-866-438-8737). Fax: 1-401-728-5680. E-mail: Europe: Teknor Germany Gmbh, Am Rödlein 1, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany Tel: +49-(0) 9861 97497 0 Email: Asia: Teknor Apex Asia Pacific, 41 Shipyard Road, Singapore 628134. Tel: 65-6265-2544. Fax: 65-6265-1821. Email:


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