13 June 2012 10:57 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Romania’s fertilizer producer Azomures plans to restart melamine production at its plant in Targu, Mures, in August, a source said on Wednesday.
The producer’s 18,000 tonne/year melamine plant remains out of action and has been down since December 2011 when it was shut because of low demand, owing to weakened macroeconomic conditions.
“Azomures' melamine plant is still stopped for overhaul until the end of August when we expect it to start,” the source said.
Availability in Europe has been balanced to long since the second quarter of 2011, and buyers said the outage has had little impact on the market.
Melamine is combined with formaldehyde to produce melamine formaldehyde resin (MF), a durable thermo-setting plastic used in heat-resistant, wipe-clean plastic laminate, and melamine foam. The end-products include counter tops, dry erase boards, fabrics, glues, houseware, guitar saddles, guitar nuts and flame retardants.
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