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Recycled Polymers - Europe December 2016

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 22/12/2016 (23:56)

Month: December 2016
€/ton €/ton
Recycled Grades MinMax
R-PET Flakes Clear/Blue 670790
R- HDPE Black Corrugated Pipes (PIR**)800910
R- HDPE Black Pipes (PIR**) 860990
R- LDPE Black Film (PCR*)660810
R- LDPE Film (PIR**)10501080
R- homo-PP black injection(PIR**) 830860
R- homo-PP injection (PIR**)890920
R- PPBC injection (PIR**)8201020

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

R-PET market saw a stable situation, as anticipated, with players reporting prices mainly at rollover, while prices on the high end of R-PET clear grade disappeared from the market. Suppliers reported to have sold their volumes for this month, but added that buyers purchased on a needs only basis, while supply in the market remains ample. R-PET range for clear grade is at €710-790/ton, stable on the low end and €10/ton lower on the high end. R-PET light blue grade range is at €670-720/ton, stable from November. A recycler sold light blue material at rollover from November, while he sold clear grade from rollovers to €10/ton decreases, as prices at €800/ton are no longer in the market. However, the seller commented that they sold limited volumes for December, while they are already receiving orders for January. The recycler added that they will seek some increases on prices, considering that prime PET levels are rising up. The seller confirmed that supply remains ample. A converter in the packaging sector reported to have purchased R-PET light blue at stable prices from last month while he obtained a €10/ton decrease on the high end of the clear grade. The converter expressed his concerns regarding a possible reversal in trend for next month, considering the rising trend of PET prices. Another buyer reported to have purchased light blue r-PET and clear grade material with rollovers from last month. The buyer added that supply is comfortable for R-PET, but he thinks that in January there could be some hike attempts also on R-PET prices, considering the upward PET trend. Expectations, both from sellers’ and buyers’ side, are for a reversal of the trend on R-PET prices, although supply remains good for these products, mainly due to the upward trend in prime PET prices.

In December, R-HDPE market did not post strong variations with regards to November and was reported to be very calm due to several factors, such as weak end product demand due to the low season for construction sector and the limited number of working days. A recycler commented that they sold their material mainly at a rollover and with small decreases of €10/ton only in a few cases, especially on prices that were still standing beyond the €1000/ton threshold. The seller reported that activity in December was not brilliant, but they were able to sell the expected volumes for this month. The seller commented that supply remains higher than demand and, for this reason, he doesn’t think that it will be possible to seek any increase in January, although they are already receiving new orders for next month. A pipe producer reported to have paid stable prices for recycled material in December. The buyer commented that the market has been very calm and also their end product demand was weak, due to the end of the year. The buyer heard voices of possible increases for the new year, but he thinks that prices will actually see an increase starting from February, rather than January. However, he added that demand and supply dynamics will mainly set the trend of recycled grades also for next year.

R-LDPE market followed a stable to softer trend in December as well. Prices on the low end of the R-LDPE black film (PCR) and R-LDPE film (PIR) remained stable while both ranges posted €20/ton decreases on the high ends. A recycler reported to have offered their materials at a rollover while they finally conceded to small reductions on deals. The seller commented that the first ten days of December were very slow in terms of trading activity, while now they are receiving some orders with delivery for next week. However, the seller added that buyers are already asking for decreases for January and for this reason he doesn’t think that R-LDPE prices may see an upward trend, as pressure from the ample supply remains high while demand is not strong. A distributor reported to have maintained stable prices from November and added that they had a limited activity on recycled materials also for this month. The seller added that supply remains comfortable for R-LDPE. A manufacturer reported to have purchased R-LDPE film (PIR) at a rollover from last month and commented that it was of a very good quality. The buyer thinks that prices will remain on the current levels in January, as supply is very comfortable while recyclers may seek for some increases starting from February.

R-PP market followed a stable to softer trend in December. Both sellers and buyers complained about a weak market also for this month while both sides commented that supply is comfortable for all R-PP grades. A recycler reported mainly stable prices for December with only small downward revisions in a few cases. The recycler commented that demand has been weak this month, while supply is ample in the market. Regarding January, the seller reported that he is already receiving a good number of orders from his customers due to the uncertainty in the market. The seller aims to maintain his prices at stable levels also for next month while he doesn’t think that it will be possible to obtain an increase next month. A compounder reported to have purchased R-PPH black injection (PIR) with rollovers to slight reductions from last month. The buyer added that supply is comfortable for this product, but he purchased only limited volumes as there were interesting offers of near to prime material at €920-930/ton, a competitive price level for a better quality product. Another compounder, who purchases R-PPH injection (PIR) and R-PPH black injection (PIR) reported to have purchased limited amounts of material this month from rollovers to small reductions of €10/ton on the high end of the range. However, the buyer commented that he preferred to purchase near to prime material also this month as their prices were more competitive and the quality is better. Expectations for January are still for a stable trend while a reversal in trend might be possible during the first quarter of next year.

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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