In December 2021, the Israeli cleantech company UBQ Materials commissioned the Vecoplan Group with supplying the mechanical processing and storage technology for its plant in Bergen Op Zoom, Netherlands, which will have an annual production capacity of 80,000 metric tons. Vecoplan will be involved with its full range of capabilities. Twenty other companies will be participating in the project, and Vecoplan will have the largest share in terms of equipment supplied. Start-up is planned for 2023.
Vecoplan began supporting UBQ already in the concept phase, when it provided its extensive expertise. The objective was to create an efficient material flow from intake all the way to transport and storage and to integrate these systems into the complex process as a whole.
"Our cooperation began back in 2013, when we helped with the pilot plant in Israel," says Martina Schmidt, Head of Recycling and Waste division at Vecoplan AG. "The special feature of the UBQ system is that, unlike conventional recycling, it utilises the entire waste stream. The new process makes it possible to upcycle a wide range of materials, including food waste, mixed plastics and paperboard, creating a new kind of raw material."
UBQ is a Certified B Corporation, which means it is committed through its statutes to social responsibility and ecological sustainability. Its customers include Mercedes-Benz, PepsiCo and Arcos Dorados Holdings, a company that owns the master franchise of the McDonald’s fast-food restaurant chain in 20 countries of Latin American and the Caribbean. UBQ’s newly patented bio-based thermoplastic material, which has beneficial climate effects and is available at a competitive price, gives manufacturers an easy way to increase their sustainability.