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British manufacturer of innovative recycling bins seeks EU-wide agents and distributors.

Country of origin:
Country: 
UNITED KINGDOM
Opportunity:
External Id: 
BOUK20190731001
Published
06/08/2019
Last update
07/08/2019
Expiration date
07/08/2020

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Creative products
Other Consumer Related (not elsewhere classified)
Manufacture of other plastic products
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Summary

Summary: 
A UK (London -based) design company producing modular recycling bins of their own design is seeking agents and distributors for the marketing and distribution of its products in other EU countries, acting under a distribution or a commercial agency agreement.

Description

Description: 

Established in 2018, the UK company has designed a unique modular recycling bin. Each bin consists of 2 or more magnetic modules. The modules are currently available in the following sizes

11 litre diamond-shaped recycling module

7.5 litre triangular recycling module.

Both these modules…

- are made from smooth polypropylene (PP).
- are currently available in white, light grey and purple.
- stick to one another using 2 magnetic (multi-pole/self-mating) bands, which are affixed using high-quality TESA 4965 adhesive.

The recycling bins have been designed so that they are suitable for indoor use in private households such as bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, playrooms, as well as commercial venues such as offices.
They can also be used in commercial/contract environments such as schools, offices, and hotels, and due to their colours blend into the decor. The bins can also be utilised as storage units, and due to them being able to be stacked or having the ability to stick together can also provide space-saving storage units. The bins have been designed to be user-friendly and also provide stickers to encourage children to also recycle items.

The UK company is seeking an agent under a commercial agency agreement to represent their products to expand into new markets, the benefit of this partnership will be that the agent will already have established relationships. The UK company also has a robust manufacturing process so it could enter into a distribution agreement, in supplying large orders to supply wholesalers and retailers.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The unique design of these modules offer a number of advantages over existing recycling bins: 1) the modular design allows the user to create a recycling bin with an infinite number of modules or compartments, depending upon how many different materials they need to separate from their waste e.g. glass, paper, plastic, organic etc.. 2) the smaller triangular (7.5 litre) module stacks on top of the larger diamond-shaped (11 litre) module in order to save floor space. 3) the triangular and diamond-shaped modules also ‘tessellate'. That is to say, they can be used to create a variety of different shapes, such as hexagons, trapeziums, parallelograms and a host of other polygons. 4) the flat sides of both modules allow them to be placed on their sides and put on a shelf or desk, ideal for recycling items such as rolled-up newspapers and magazines. 5) the smooth polypropylene sides can be easily wiped clean, removing the need for a bag or bin liner. This reduces the amount of damaging single-use plastics polluting the environment. 6) the smooth polypropylene sides allow the use of whiteboard markers so that the contents of each module can be easily identified. 7) each module also comes with a set of fun stickers to encourage recycling among children and helps to identify the contents of each module. 8) the modules can be used as general storage receptacles for separating out items such as toys, stationery or items of clothing. The benefits of this product are: design your own personal recycling system using 2 different-sized modules and 3 different colours. Stick as many as you like together using the built-in magnets Stack them on top of one another to save space Easy to clean, so no need for a lining bag. Ideal for your living room, bathroom, bedroom, office.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The UK company is seeking either a commercial agency or distribution agreement with the aim of expanding its products into new markets. The products can be utilised by both the commercial and residential market as the aim of the product is to encourage recycling practices, the product can also be utilised as a storage unit and a space saver. Ideally, the commercial agency agreement should be with agents who are currently engaged in the sale and marketing of waste collection/recycling products and household goods as they will already have the required database of potential customers. The company is also open to work directly with distributors with suppliers of office and homeware under a distribution agreement.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500