US melamine market to stay tight in 2H 2010 - US Cytec

26 July 2010 23:31  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The US market for melamine will continue to be tight through the second half of 2010, a top Cytec Industries official said on Monday.

"The market will stay tight through 2010 and beyond into the foreseeable future," said Cytec global business manager Mike Driscoll.

Headquartered at Woodland Park, New Jersey, Cytec is the only North American producer of melamine.

Driscoll attributed the tight US market to increased demand driven by recent US federal legislation limiting formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products such as panelling and flooring.

Melamine binds formaldehyde and reduces or prevents its emission.  To meet emissions compliance requirements, producers of composite wood products consequently have increased the amount of melamine used in urea-formaldehyde resins.

A planned turnaround in October at Cytec's 80,000 tonne/year melamine plant at Westwego, Louisiana, could further tighten the market.

Other melamine producers serving North America include European companies DSM and Borealis Agrolinz Melamine, and Trinidad-based Methanol Holdings.

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By: Frank Zaworski
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