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
European recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) demand is expected to pick up in the second quarter, in line with seasonal expectations for the summer. Pricing is expected to broadly track virgin polyethylene terephthalate (PET), as lower-priced virgin PET that is produced in Asia and exported to Europe has kept competing European R-PET prices subdued. Sources said that increased R-PET demand may lift prices, but the market is being directed by virgin PET prices.
The US R-PET market has seen slight demand increases so far in 2014, but overall the market has been flat. China’s “Green Fence” policy, which restricts the amount of recycled material that country imports from the US, has affected the US market. Excess domestic supply has kept prices flat. It is expected that the summer beverage season in the US will boost demand and that could spike prices, though excess supply may keep prices flat.
In Asia-Pacific, spot prices of R-PET in the key Chinese market are influenced by prices of closely related markets such as virgin PET, purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and monoethylene glycol (MEG). Prices are likely to remain stable in the second quarter amid flat demand in the downstream recycled polyester fibre and yarn sector.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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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.