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Recycled Polymers - Europe October 2016

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team - content@chemorbis.com
  • 03/10/2016 (17:41)

Month: September 2016
€/ton €/ton
Recycled Grades MinMax
R-PET Flakes Clear/Blue 680800
R- HDPE Black Corrugated Pipes (PIR**)840940
R- HDPE Black Pipes (PIR**) 8601050
R- LDPE Black Film (PCR*)700840
R- LDPE Film (PIR**)10501120
R- homo-PP black injection(PIR**) 830870
R- homo-PP injection (PIR**)890930
R- PPBC injection (PIR**)8201030

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

The R-PET market tracked a mostly stable trend in September while small reductions of €10/ton were registered in a few cases. The R-PET range is at €750-800/ton for clear grade and at €680-730/ton for R-PET light blue grade. The high end of the clear grade range posted a decrease of €10/ton in September and the light blue grade also registred the same drop on the high end of the range. Supply and demand were in balance while the R-PET trend continued to be influenced by the virgin PET market. A recycler reported concluding some September deals with rollovers to small decreases of €10/ton from August and commented that they struggled to maintain their prices as buyers were pushing to obtain lower prices. The seller added that it will be difficult to maintain such prices in October as there will be more availability after the high consumption of PET bottles during the summer period is seen slowing down. For this reason, the seller expects to see a decreasing trend in October. A food packaging producer, who purchased R-PET with small reductions from August, reported that availability is good for these products so he expects to see lower prices in October. A buyer reported purchasing clear and light blue R-PET with rollovers from August. The buyer commented that clear grade prices saw a notable decrease over the last year while light blue grade prices posted a limited decrease as availability is shorter for this product so there is less competition. Expectations for October are calling for a softer trend especially due to comfortable supply following the end of the summer season.

The R-HDPE market tracked a stable to softer trend in September, with slight reductions between -€10/ton and €20/ton being reported for different grades. Offers for R-HDPE black corrugated pipes (PIR) remained stable both on the low and high ends while they posted small reductions within the range. A buyer commented that prices could remain stable in October as well since demand is unlikely to improve in the short term. A pipe producer, who purchased R-HDPE black corrugated pipes (PIR) and R-HDPE black pipes (PIR), reported obtaining discounts of €10-20/ton on his September deals and commented that they didn’t face any problems in finding material as demand was very weak during September. The buyer also added that his end product demand was not brilliant in September and commented that 2016’s results are weaker than last year. The same comment was shared by a seller, who stated that the construction sector remains weak and the next few months will be difficult for their business.

September was a stable month for the R-LDPE market. Supply and demand were in balance, according to both sellers and buyers. A distributor reported selling his September volumes with rollovers from August. However, the seller commented that his sales weren’t smooth as offers for near to prime cargoes were available in the market at rather low levels and may buyers opted for this material this month in order to reduce their production costs. A converter reported purchasing his regular volumes for September, while another buyer commented that prices won’t see any notable variations in October. Expectations for this month are calling for a mainly stable trend especially if supply and demand will remain in balance.

The R-PP market tracked a stable to slightly softer trend in September. R-PPH black injection (PIR) prices remained stable from August while R-PPH injection (PIR) prices declined by €20/ton on the low end and by €10/ton on the high end. A compounder reported that he decided to skip his R-PP purchases this month as more competitive prices of near to prime material were available in the market. Another compounder paid stable prices in September and commented that availability of recycled material is ample and near to prime material was offered at competitive levels during September. The buyer thinks that prices could see a downward adjustment in October. A recycler reported concluding his September deals with rollovers from August even though he had been awaiting price increases for the month. The recycler also commented that supply was good during the month while demand was scarce due to availability of competitive offers for prime material.

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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