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Recycled Polymers - Europe April 2016

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team - content@chemorbis.com
  • 29/04/2016 (19:05)
Month: April 2016

Month: April 2016
€/ton €/ton
Recycled Grades MinMax
R-PET Flakes Clear/Blue 690810
R- HDPE Black Corrugated Pipes (PIR**)9301000
R- HDPE Black Pipes (PIR**) 9001100
R- LDPE Black Film (PCR*)700830
R- LDPE Film (PIR**)11001150
R- homo-PP black injection(PIR**) 820860
R- homo-PP injection (PIR**)900950
R- PPBC injection (PIR**)8301080


* (post-consumer recycle)
** (post-industrial recycle)


The R-PET market remained almost stable for another month in April, with the exception of slight decreases of 10€/ton on the both ends of the range. The low end of the March R-PET light blue range at €680/ton was not repeated this month. A recycler applied a small increase of €10/ton for this grade while they sold R-PET clear grade with rollovers to slight discounts of €10/ton from March. The recycler commented that demand is good and they are satisfied with the current market conditions. A converter reported purchasing his regular allocation for April with rollovers even though they had been anticipating notable increases considering the rapid upward trend tracked by prime PET. Another buyer purchased R-PET light blue with rollovers from March and added that the market is stable as ample supply for post-consumer bottles is in balance with demand. According to the buyer, R-PET prices might remain stable next month as well. Another converter made some purchases at stable levels in April and said that prices could remain stable or register only slight changes depending on the supply situation. The outlook for May is stable while some buyers expect to see slight variations of around €10/ton. A seller reported that they might aim for a small price hike given growing demand owing to the high season.

The R-HDPE market remained stable this month as hike requests of no more than €10-15/ton weren’t absorbed by the market. A recycler reported selling their material at stable prices for April and commented that demand was good, although he observed a reduction in volumes sold with respect to the same period of last year. The seller expects to see increases in May, hoping to recover his margins. A buyer reported paying rollovers with respect to March even though some recyclers asked for slight increases of €10/ton at the beginning of the month. The buyer commented that supply is not ample, but in balance with demand. According to him, R-HDPE prices could post some increases in May, but it will depend on the supply and demand situation. Another converter reported stable price levels for April and said that he heard talks of possible hike requests of €10-20/ton in the market. However, the buyer thinks that the R-HDPE market might remain steady for another month.

Prices registered rollovers for R-LDPE in April and a distributor considered the market to be stable and balanced. The seller added that some increases were expected for April, but the balanced market and sufficient availability for R-LDPE didn’t support higher prices. He thinks that some increases might be observed in May. A recycler, who sells post-consumer R-LDPE black film and post-consumer R-LDPE film, reported that they aimed for small increases of €10/ton in the first half of the month due to the limited supply of scraps, but they eventually concluded their deals with rollovers. The recycler added that supply is not ample and that demand is growing up thanks to the warm weather conditions, which support an increase of consumptions. Regarding May, they are mulling over issuing increases of €20/ton if demand is supportive. A buyer confirmed that prices were stable for April, although he experienced some problems in covering his requirements due to limited supply. Expectations for May are calling for an upward trend, because sellers expect to see an improvement in demand especially from plastic garbage bags producers owing to the beginning of high season in the tourism sector.

R-homo PP injection market tracked a stable to slightly firmer trend in April and supply was said to be adequate. A buyer of post-industrial R-homo PP injection made some purchases with rollovers to slight increases of €20-30/ton from April depending on the supplier while he reported stable prices for post-industrial R-homo PP black injection grade. Regarding R-PPBC injection grades, the market was stable and balanced in April. A recycler commented that demand is growing up and added that they are optimistic regarding their business in the short term. The seller also added that the current market conditions are balanced so they were able to keep their prices stable this month. Regarding the May outlook, both sellers and buyers expect to see a shift in trend, assuming that prices could register increases due to seasonality.

Price ranges reported include an average freight cost to the customers’ location as well as duties if applicable, although VAT is not included.
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