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Strong demand buoys recovered paper prices in the UK

25.11.2020 − The drop – or even crash – on the UK recovered paper market which some some market experts had predicted for November failed to materialise. On the contrary, prices for the ordinary grades rose markedly in some cases,...» more

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Steel scrap suppliers in Germany increasingly calling for price mark-ups

22.11.2020 − The mood in the market for steel and ferrous scrap is improving. Many steel-processing industries, especially the automotive sector, are ramping up production again after the lockdown-related slump in the first half of...» more

Second lockdown in France sends ordinary RCP grades higher

17.11.2020 − New lockdown measures and stay-at-home orders in France are beginning to have an impact on the recovered paper (RCP) market. Buyers were slowly starting to worry a little about their ability to source their raw material...» more

Waste wood prices still largely stable in Germany

10.11.2020 − There is growing uncertainty on the German waste wood market. Market players identified falling waste wood volumes, particularly from commercial sources, the soaring number of coronavirus infections and the restrictions...» more

Prices for PE film scrap in Germany increase in October

05.11.2020 − Most prices for regrind and recyclate in Germany were unchanged and most recyclers reported continued sideways movement for the month of October. They say they are increasingly seeing last-minute call-offs from...» more

Supply and demand for ordinary RCP grades relatively balanced in France

28.10.2020 − Forecasts made in September that recovered paper (RCP) prices would fall again on the French market in October were not borne out. » more

Supply improves for German WEEE recyclers

28.10.2020 − After some turbulent months of pandemic-related volatility, the situation has now eased again somewhat on the market for waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) recycling in Germany. However, a lack of sales...» more

Steel scrap suppliers resist calls for lower prices in Germany

21.10.2020 − Negotiations between scrap suppliers and steel mills in Germany were protracted in October. Mills were pushing for price cuts. » more

EU ferrous scrap exports to Turkey surge in first half

12.10.2020 − Turkey is becoming an increasingly important consumer of European steel scrap. Some 70 per cent of the iron and steel scrap exports from the 27 EU member states in the first half of 2020 were sent to the Turkish market,...» more

German waste plastics market squeezed by cheap primary plastics and weak demand

07.10.2020 − The situation on the waste plastics market in Germany remained extremely difficult in September and forward visibility was low.» more

German ferrous scrap sees fragile recovery in September

23.09.2020 − Ferrous scrap prices in Germany have risen for the second month in a row. A brisk export business at the beginning of the month combined with a rebound in demand from domestic steel mills.» more

Little change on Germany's waste plastics market

04.09.2020 − The state of Germany’s waste plastics market has not improved in August. Demand picked up a little, but this sometimes came at the cost of prices.» more

Effects of crisis linger amid new hope on German PET bottle recycling market

31.08.2020 − The situation facing PET recyclers remains challenging. While several businesses in Germany were at least in a slightly more upbeat mood in August, others are now worried about their survival. Sales remained weak. After...» more

Exports give a short-lived boost to OCC prices in the UK

26.08.2020 − Recovered paper was becoming more readily available on the British market in August as more and more industrial and retail companies were resuming activity. » more

Brisk export trade sends steel scrap prices higher in Germany

18.08.2020 − Ferrous scrap has become more expensive in Germany in August, in particular in the north of the country. » more

Waste wood market in Germany largely stable

03.08.2020 − The market for waste wood in Germany remains relatively untouched by the coronavirus crisis. Overall, arisings have declined somewhat, according to the latest EUWID market survey. » more

RCP prices in France still in decline amidst lacklustre demand

29.07.2020 − Demand from Asia was a little brisker in July, bringing some relief for recovered paper merchants doing business in France. However, this revival was insufficient to prevent another sharp decline in prices, especially...» more

German recovered paper prices head lower in June

20.07.2020 − As expected, there was a sharp drop in the prices for the ordinary grades on the German recovered paper market in June. Just as arisings were increasing again, demand from the paper industry weakened considerably. At...» more

Recovered paper prices in Poland in free fall since June

15.07.2020 − The Polish recovered paper market has been on a rollercoaster ride in the past weeks, with market players having an exceptionally tough time, recent EUWID interviews revealed. A serious shortage of raw materials,...» more

German C&I waste incineration market
proves robust through the Covid-19 crisis

10.07.2020 − The German market for commercial municipal waste treatment has proven relatively stable despite the coronavirus pandemic and the associated economic downturn. While the recycling markets were walloped by the crisis and...» more

Storm clouds on the horizon for German PET recyclers in July

09.07.2020 − Primary PET did become slightly more expensive in June, but these hikes are not bringing any relief to PET recyclers in Germany for the time being. Primary PET remains cheap. PET recyclers are facing huge challenges...» more

German waste plastics market still strunggling with weak demand

05.07.2020 − For most plastics recyclers in Germany, the situation remains extremely tense. Although re-grind prices did not lose any additional ground in June, many recyclers once again had to idle production lines or furlough...» more

Italian recovered paper prices plunge again in June

01.07.2020 − The bubble on Italy’s recovered paper market has burst. As in other countries, slow demand and resurgent collection volumes following the lifting of coronavirus restriction have sent prices tumbling, especially for...» more

Prices slide as ferrous scrap demand remains weak in Germany

22.06.2020 − If there had been any hopes that the steel market would quickly return to business as usual once the lockdown ended, these have now been dashed. A high level of uncertainty and caution persists among steel producers and...» more

Upswing in German recovered paper prices proves shortlived

16.06.2020 − The rally in German recovered paper prices that was triggered by the coronavirus shutdowns in Europe is already over. Market players report that steep price hikes in April and especially in May have given way to...» more

Situation on German waste textiles market remains tense

08.06.2020 − Germany’s waste textiles market is and will remain extremely tense in the era of the coronavirus pandemic.» more

Italian recovered paper prices peak in May

03.06.2020 − The scarcity of recovered paper in Italy pushed prices to new heights in May. However, they may have peaked in the middle of the month. » more

German waste plastics market in crisis

03.06.2020 − Plastics recyclers in Germany continue to face massive pressure from cheap primary plastics and largely subdued demand. Recycling hardly played a role any more, commented recyclers who could often only sell small...» more

Recovered paper suppliers capitalise on shortages in France

27.05.2020 − The on-going serious shortage of recovered paper has again sent prices for all grades soaring in France in May.» more

"Long road back to normality" expected for steel scrap market

19.05.2020 − The resumption of automotive production in Germany at the start of May has been extremely sluggish. The impact of coronavirus restrictions will be felt for some time to come on the ferrous scrap market.» more