The ICIS Polyethylene terephthalate (Recycled) price report is covered weekly in Asia, Europe and the US. This independent and unbiased pricing information gives flake spot quotes in Asia, bottles and flake assessments for domestic and export prices in Europe and bottle, flake and pellet spot prices in the US.
Commentary will give news and analysis of the factors driving prices such as import statistics, graphs, overviews and demand/supply issues. Crucial business decisions can be made with confidence when using this essential tool.
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 Q2 2016
In Asia, recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) trade is likely to stay limited. Chinese import demand outlook is not optimistic as some Chinese buyers have turned to domestic suppliers for their downstream recycled polyester fibre production. Regional sellers’ interest in selling to China may be limited amid lower netback compared to domestic sales and export sales to other regions.
In Europe, recyclers hope that the downward pressure on R-PET prices in recent months will lift in the second quarter, buoyed by firming virgin PET prices in Europe at the end of Q1. Although some believe a greater gap between virgin and recycled PET prices is needed before R-PET prices in northwest Europe can rise, others are more bullish as demand is good and availability healthy.
In the US, R-PET demand is likely to increase slightly, but it will likely be offset by lower-than-normal demand for US PET and continued volatility in the crude market. R-PET bottle bale prices have seen some slight increases over the last several weeks, but demand continues to be soft year on year. Many are preparing for a slow spring and summer.
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Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate Methodology
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.