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 Q1 2017
China's R-PET flake demand was healthy in the last quarter of 2016. Despite the week-long Lunar New Year holiday in China starting in end-January 2017, when many downstream recycled polyester converters will either shut their plants or reduce the operating rates, sentiment remained bullish moving into the first quarter of 2017. Downstream recycled polyester converters said their orders on hand are able to support R-PET flake demand until around February or March. The recent firming of Chinese virgin PET prices further boosted market sentiment in the R-PET market in China.
Following strengthening prices in the European virgin PET market, R-PET market participants in Europe expect to see firmer pricing for R-PET flakes. Early indications of rising post-consumer PET bottle prices in markets such as Germany are adding additional pressure to the upwards momentum on R-PET prices. The opening days of 2017 have seen stronger demand for colourless R-PET flakes than demand for mixed-coloured R-PET flakes. This is the continuation of a trend also seen in late 2016.
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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.