05. May 2023
Rhode Island based global compounder, Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI, USA) recently announced a new colour masterbatch solution for UBQ Materials’ (Tel Aviv, Israel) biobased thermoplastic, UBQ™.
Expanding its partnership with the climate-tech developer, Teknor Apex’s new solution includes the development and supply of highly chromatic colours that incorporate UBQ’s sustainable products made entirely from unsorted organic and unrecyclable waste.
Teknor Apex’s colour masterbatch solution enables UBQ to be compounded with a brighter spectrum of colours beyond the initial brown, black, and grey of the climate-positive thermoplastic. Adding specialty colourant masterbatch or specially formulated colourants to UBQ compounds allows customers to meet sustainability goals while still providing a visually appealing end-product.
Chromatic colours not previously achievable with UBQ are now a reality. The new colouring capability makes UBQ a sustainable material swap for applications such as point of purchase displays, pallets and more and has already been in use with major brands in both beverage and industrial industries. The masterbatch can be added to a wide variety of plastics and can be processed by injection moulding, extrusion, and other processes.
UBQ is a sustainable plastic substitute converted entirely from unsorted organic and unrecyclable household waste that have been diverted from landfills. It is a novel, worldwide patented material that has already been adopted by leading industry brands for manufacturing durable products with reduced environmental footprints. Teknor Apex has been an early adopter of UBQ developing eco-conscious thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) made with 35 % sustainable content, paving the way for other materials companies to develop more sustainable products within a circular economy.
“By incorporating UBQ into our colour matching process, we are introducing options to the market that are both aesthetically pleasing and better for the planet – enabling our customers and furthering our own commitment to sustainability”, said Jordan Wolfe, Technical Manager, Color Division of Teknor Apex. “Customers are able to achieve a carbon neutral or carbon negative impact while still maintaining quality and visually engaging end products for their consumers”.
Teknor Apex Company prides itself on offering a full line of custom and standard colours, as well as additives and special effects for a wide spectrum of polymers that include PVC, olefins, styrenics, PET, and engineering plastics. Working extensively with sustainable additives, biobased pigments and polymers and partnering closely with our customers has enabled innovative new colour concepts and differentiated products in the marketplace.
“Teknor’s colour masterbatch products combined with our biobased thermoplastic strengthens our shared commitment to reshape how things are made and improve the footprint of everyday products”, said Liat Arad, VP of Marketing for UBQ Materials. “We all have a role to play in reducing methane emissions, through this new colourful ‘Made with UBQ’ product line, manufacturers have the ability to make vibrantly coloured products, while contributing to a truly circular economy where human consumption lives in harmony with the planet”. AT