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 Q2 2015
The US recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) market in the second quarter could continue the slow decline seen in the first quarter. Slow seasonal demand and falling prices of virgin PET resin have impacted the US market. Lower PET prices gives buyers less incentive to purchase recycled material. Many in the US are expecting the second quarter to remain soft, with a possible increase at the end of the quarter as warmer weather sets in.
After severe pressure on margins following price drops in the previous two quarters, the European R-PET market is looking to increase prices during the second quarter. At the start of the quarter, rising virgin PET prices have led to hopes that R-PET prices could increase. However, there is some speculation that prices will have to rise slowly to widen the gap between virgin PET and R-PET prices, and thus make R-PET more competitive.
In Asia, R-PET flakes continue to depend on supply and demand fundamentals, and are influenced by related markets such as virgin PET. Demand from the downstream recycled polyester fibre sector is expected to remain flat until August and September.
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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.