And we are not doing this alone, this is one of the nine objectives formulated by the European Commission for the next 10 years. We are doing this mainly because it is part of the nature of our business activities, because it is a logical consequence of everything we do in the field of CSR, and because the world demands it. Being 100% circular is part of our mission.
A task force that ensures we achieve our objectives.It is only logical that Ubbink becomes 100% circular. If we look at developments in society, we see that prefab building is becoming an increasing trend. As a result, more and more complete construction parts have to be manufactured that are suitable for the circular economy. Also gas-free construction and reduction of CO2 emissions play an important role in this.
In order to guarantee that we will be 100% circular, a task force has been set up that deals with reuse and with the search for alternatives to fossil raw materials, as well as to answer the question about how we can produce as energy-efficiently as possible.
Becoming 100% circular naturally starts at the beginning: during the design of the product. In that phase, we are already ensuring that waste can be avoided and we look at how the various (demountable) components can be made from the same material in a composite product.
Then we look at how we can use “bio-based plastics” (instead of a fossil raw material such as petroleum) to produce our plastic products.
Ubbink works closely with specialised companies that supply and reprocess used plastics (such as bio-based plastics and regranulate). For the processing process, these plastics are separated per type, cleaned, ground, “compounded” (additional raw materials are added, so certain properties of the material are improved) and used again as “high-quality regranulate”. In this way, no raw materials are lost and the material can be reused endlessly.
There are various methods of reusing material.
Ubbink wants to convert a large part of the product portfolio to production with this regranulate. This ensures minimal burden on the environment while preserving the high quality of Ubbink products.
Waste that may remain is now collected separately and reused. Possibly even at a different destination.
Ubbink leaves nothing to chance when it comes to being 100% circular. And we are active in many areas for this. Our products are fully recycled to and from regranulate and meet all requirements to reduce energy consumption at the final destination. We also ensure the CO2 footprint remains as low as possible.
Ubbink leaves nothing to chance.
But we also ensure we achieve maximum energy savings and circularity returns with new investments. Our renewed injection moulding machine park, and our new production hall in Doesburg have white, reflective roofing (so air conditioning is unnecessary), which are good examples of this.