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Polyethylene terephthalate (Recycled): Market overview
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.
Updated to Q3 2018
Europe recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) participants who say that the market is structurally tight may argue that a lack of product will continue into the summer. There are those that note demand has increased in recent years while supply has not. In addition, there may be an increase in availability for post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles in Q2. This is as PET bottle consumption increases typically in warmer weather with post-consumer product availability lengthening in response. However, order book volumes for colourless R-PET flake should also rise as participants begin preparations for the summer. This may reduce any length in post-consumer PET bottle availability.
With the peak summer season approaching, demand should remain strong for Europe R-PET products as participants start their preparations in the spring. Meanwhile, an upward trend in the markets has raised concerns about the price gap between R-PET and competing product virgin PET. This could also have an effect on R-PET demand with buyers looking to switch to whichever is the more competitive.
Updated to Q4 2017
No significant supply issues are anticipated in the US R-PET market.
The market is forecasting a decrease in demand for US R-PET with China's impending ban on scrap plastics. The country will not accept reclaimed material and a ban on imports is expected by the end of the year. This will exert some downward pressure on 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.