Daimler to test Israeli trash-to-plastic in car parts

UBQ pellets

German automaker Daimler will see if it’s feasible to manufacture automobile parts from a thermoplastic-like material made from household waste by Israeli cleantech company UBQ Materials.

Daimler is the first automotive company to partner with UBQ, which has developed a patented process to convert mixed streams of recyclable and traditionally non-recyclable waste into a renewable raw material that can be made into everyday goods.

Daimler chose to partner with UBQ through Plug and Play’s Startup Autobahn, an innovation platform connecting emerging technologies and pilot opportunities with multinational corporations.

To produce its thermoplastic-like material, UBQ breaks down trash into basic natural components (lignin, cellulose, sugar, fiber) and creates a new sustainable, composite material through a closed-loop, energy-efficient process that does not use water, generate effluents, or emit harmful fumes or residues.

As a raw material, UBQ pellets can be made into thousands of items including shopping carts, pipes and trash cans.

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By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

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