The automotive giant Daimler AG is testing an innovative thermoplastic material developed by the Israeli company UBQ Materials in their production of car parts, writes the Jerusalem Post.
Daimler is the first automaker to partner with UBQ in the development of a patented process for converting household waste into a renewable thermoplastic material in commercial and industrial products that can replace oil-based plastics.
The thermoplastic developed by UBQ located in Kibbutz Tze’elim was last year named “the most climate-positive material on the planet” by Quantis International. Each tonne of thermoplastic material produced by UBQ corresponds to a reduction in carbon emissions corresponding to 540 trees.
Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, is evaluating the incorporation of UBQ thermoplastic into a number of car parts and the first results are positive . Daimler also promotes the use of UBQ’s thermoplastic among its partners to increase carbon offsets throughout its supply chain.
-Daimler is one of the leading automakers in the world and is known for its advanced technologies, says UBQ co-founder and CEO, Jack (Tato) Bigio.
Daimler and UBQ have worked together for some time to ensure that the thermoplastic complies with the automotive industry’s strict rules.
-Consider using UBQ’s thermoplastic in the production of the new cars being developed for the future is a big step. While we break down our natural resources, Daimler thinks about the future of humanity, says Bigio.
In the process of making thermoplastics, waste is broken down into cellulose, sugar, fiber and a new composite material is produced through a closed and energy-efficient process.
-Everything you throw in the rubbish bin is taken to the landfill. The waste that no one can use is transformed into a useful material that can replace plastic made from oil, says Bigio.
The company’s advisory board includes Nobel Prize winner Prof. Roger Kornberg, nanotechnology specialist Prof. Oded Shoseyov, leading patent practitioner Dr. Ilan Cohen, pioneer in sustainability John Elkington and former EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard.
At the end of 2019, UBQ entered into a partnership with Arcos Dorados – the largest independent McDonald’s franchisee worldwide. They want to incorporate the sustainable material into goods across their Latin American stores. UBQ has also partnered with the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA).
UBQ’s test facilities in southern Israel that already supply their product to the plastics industry have a total production capacity of 5,000 tons per year. The company plans to establish a full-scale industrial plant later this year.