Polyethylene terephthalate (Recycled) Prices, markets & analysis
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Recycled polyethylene terephthalate Overview Transcript
Until 2010, the key driver for the recycled polyethylene terephthalate market, also known as RPET market, was the virgin PET price. That’s because traditionally companies purchased R-PET material as a lower cost alternative to virgin.
However, since 2010 virgin PET and recycled PET prices have decoupled. This is because of an increased focus on social corporate responsibly and carbon cost.
In the short to mid-term, sustainability targets are expected to become an increasingly significant factor in R-PET pricing, and the bottle-to-bottle market is expected to increase its share of R-PET consumption.
However, at the same time as market demand is growing, collection rates – that’s the post-consumer material that’s brought into the recycling chain- have been broadly fat, resulting in structural shortages.
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Polyethylene terephthalate (Recycled): Market overview
Updated to Q3 2014
US recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) prices are expected to remain flat over the next few months. Sources said that purchasing for the summer beverage season peaked in early July, and that demand was expected to remain flat. Market participants are also keeping an eye on the costs of virgin polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin. R-PET competes directly with virgin PET in certain applications.
European R-PET prices are expected to remain flat in July and August, based on current market fundamentals. Low availability of post-consumer bottles, the primary feedstock for the R-PET chain, has kept post-consumer bottle prices relatively high during 2014,though the situation is expected to improve through the summer as more bottled drinks are consumed and recycled.
In the Asia-Pacific region, R-PET pricing depends on supply and demand fundamentals, and are influenced by prices of closely-related markets such as PET, purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and monoethylene glycol (MEG). The flat demand in the downstream recycled polyester fibre sector would likely keep prices stable, although some sources said demand may improve in August and September.
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About Polyethylene terephthalate (Recycled)
Recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET) can be used to make many products including fibre for polyester carpet; fabrics for T-shirts, long underwear, athletic shoes, luggage, upholstery and sweaters; fiberfill for sleeping bags and winter coats; industrial strapping, sheet and film; automotive parts, such as luggage racks, headliners, fuse boxes, bumpers, grilles and door panels; as well as new PET containers for both food and non-food products.
RPET has been largely consumed by the fibre industry as it is sensitive to thermal degradation as well as degradation from contaminants such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
Degraded RPET is not suitable for bottle to bottle, strapping and sheet extrusion applications which demand high quality RPET in order retain the PET properties of stability and pressure-resistance.
The level of recycling and availability of RPET differs greatly by country. In Europe, Germany leads the pack and recycles around 50% of its PET. Other countries such as France, UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Italy have also been active in recycling.