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Polyethylene terephthalate (Recycled): Market overview
Updated to Q3 2018
Warmer weather in Europe typically leads to more post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. Market sources said China decided in quarter two to allow recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) imports under strict definition. This development could lead to Asian exports to Europe diverting to China. Although, Asian and European participants disagree on if this will occur.
The shortage of competing product virgin polyethylene terephthalate (PET) at the end of quarter two led to some consumers using more Europe recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET). R-PET participants expect that the virgin PET shortage will be temporary, but said that trends between the markets are less connected than before.
Supply of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) pellets should continue to be snug during the third quarter. Peak consumption season will still be in full swing, and the virgin market will remain tight for the time being, driving more buyers to R-PET.
Demand for recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) pellets should continue to be high during the third quarter amid continued peak consumption season. Meanwhile, a tight virgin resin market and increased sustainability efforts will drive more buyers to R-PET over virgin resin.
Updated to Q4 2017
A supply overhang is expected for southeast Asian cargoes as China demand dropped recently. The Chinese government took back some of the import quota granted earlier in the year from some recycled polyester makers after checks revealed they did not meet the waste water regulatory limits. Also, China’s announcement to ban waste imports effective on 31 December dampened some buying sentiment in China for import cargoes. This will mean that Chinese recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) buyers have to rely on their domestic supplies in future.
China demand for import cargoes is expected to decrease. The China government took back some of the import quotas granted earlier in the year from some recycled polyester makers after checks showed that they did not meet the waste water regulatory limits. Also, China’s announcement to ban waste imports from 31 December had dampened some buying sentiment in China for import cargoes.
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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.