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Developing TPEs with a reduced carbon footprint through a partnership


In a partnership with custom thermoplastics compounder Teknor Apex Company and Israeli company UBQ Materials, Teknor Apex will incorporate UBQ’s sustainable plastic substitute into its line of sustainable thermoplastic compounds (TPEs).

For the first time in history, an entirely recyclable and environmentally friendly plastic substitute has been developed using municipal solid waste that has been diverted from landfills. Leading industry brands and businesses have already begun using UBQ to produce durable products with smaller environmental footprints.

For the first time, UBQ is used in TPE compounds as a result of this partnership. Consumer goods, automobiles, industrial products, and construction and building materials all use this versatile material. It is possible to recycle TPEs, which combine the performance of thermoset rubber with the processability of a thermoplastic. Teknor Apex’s TPE production offerings are as diverse as the industries they serve—consisting of formulations tailored to meet market requirements for physical and thermal performance.

A series of TPEs incorporating various UBQ levels and high-quality post-consumer recycled raw materials has been developed by Teknor Apex and UBQ in the last year. As Teknor’s new business development manager, Jonathan Plisco, put it, “By 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.” In today’s highly competitive market, more and more customers are on the lookout for environmentally friendly products that can also meet their functional and monetary needs. When manufacturers incorporate sustainable materials, they can help to divert waste and conserve finite natural resources,” he says.

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