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 Q4 2015
The US recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) market has been stagnant for most of the year. Sources expect the rest of 2015 to be just as bad. The US recycling sector is suffering from the plummeting price of global crude and softer virgin polyethylene terephthalate (PET) prices.
In certain applications virgin PET material competes against R-PET.
In Asia-Pacific, R-PET pricing continues to depend on supply and demand fundamentals, influenced by prices of closely related markets such as virgin PET. Demand from the downstream recycled polyester fibre sector is expected to remain flat in the fourth quarter, following persistently sluggish conditions in the polyester sectors in third quarter, which is typically the peak production season for winter clothing and blankets, where R-PET is used as filling.
R-PET prices in Europe have been under pressure from falling virgin PET prices, but signs that virgin PET prices may stabilise or rise in the fourth quarter have led some in the market to speculate that R-PET prices will follow suit. However, other market participants expect to wait for the price gap between R-PET and virgin PET to widen before increasing R-PET prices.
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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.