Israel’s UBQ Materials has announced its plans to establish its first full-scale production facility in the Netherlands.
UBQ’s patented process converts landfill-destined household waste into a sustainable, bio-based thermoplastic material. This novel composite material can substitute for conventional plastic, wood and concrete in the manufacturing of thousands of everyday products.
Diverting the waste from landfills prevents the emission of methane, groundwater leakage and other toxins. According to Quantis, a leading provider of environmental impact assessments, every ton of UBQ Material produced diverts 11.7 tons of CO2 equivalent, qualifying it as “the most climate positive thermoplastic material on the planet.”
The Dutch facility is part of UBQ’s plan to expand across Europe so that exporting the material will make less of a transportation-related carbon footprint.
To officially mark the global expansion, Netherlands’ ambassador to Israel, Hans Docter, planned to visit UBQ’s facility in Kibbutz Tse’elim, Israel, on September 9.
The Netherlands facility is expected to produce 70,000 tons of UBQ material per year for the manufacturing of everything from construction goods (like pipes, bricks, floors, roofing and panels) to supply chain logistics (like shipping pallets, bins, crates and display units) and even 3D printing.
In February, German automaker Daimler announced a pilot project with UBQ to see if it is feasible to manufacture automobile parts from the bio-material.
Arcos Dorados, the largest independent McDonald’s franchise in the world, announced last November that it will use UBQ material in furnishings at its restaurants across Latin America.