Melamine Prices, markets & analysis
ICIS provides independent and unbiased pricing information, news and market analysis for the global Melamine market. Our network of melamine price reporters, based in Asia, Europe and the US, deliver local insight for each of these markets, which is published in our individual weekly and daily price reports.
If you buy or sell Melamine or related products, our reports, news and market intelligence will give you the melamine prices and analysis of the factors driving the prices that you need to make confident commercial decisions.
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Melamine: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2015
The European melamine market is expected to be fairly balanced in Q1 2015, with most players anticipating either stable contract prices or small adjustments in either direction. Demand is weak but is likely to improve later in January as more buyers return to the market. Russia will be a less attractive export market for producers because of the weak rouble, which may leave more material stranded in Europe.
US melamine prices are expected to rise during Q1 2015 after the US’s sole producer filed unfair trade complaints against the top two foreign suppliers to the US, Trinidad and China. A producer proposed price increase of 7 cents/lb was largely accepted in the market in early January, sending market prices up 6 cents/lb for Q1 business and giving European producers an arbitrage opportunity. Rising prices over the past two years have already resulted in more imports to the US market. Chinese total import volumes to the US market for 2014 through November, are up 22% compared with the volume from China during the first 11 months of 2013.
The Asia melamine market is mixed in Q1 2015. Some market participants said melamine prices will go down further amid the oversupply in China and sluggish downstream demand, while others said some Chinese producers will shut down their plants, which may push up prices to an extent. However, the melamine market in 2015 will have the same ample supply as 2014, most market players said.
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Melamine was originally manufactured by heating dicyandiamide under pressure. Currently, melamine is produced by the decomposition of urea into cyanic acid and ammonia in an endothermic reaction. Cyanic acid is then polymerised to form melamine and carbon dioxide.
Its most important reaction is that with formaldehyde, forming resinous compounds of high molecular weight. The construction and automotive industries figure high in driving melamine growth. Container and coil coatings, laminates and flame retardant uses have all experienced growth in recent years.
Melamine is used in the production of moulding powder to make dinner ware, coatings in cars, fan coils and appliances. Other uses include adhesive resins, which are used in the making of wood panels for the construction of kitchens, bathrooms, furniture and flooring. Melamine is produced by heating urea, ammonia (NH3) and carbon monoxide, of which the resulting mixture of isocyanic and ammonia reacts over a solid catalyst at about 400ºC.
Melamine is moderately toxic by ingestion and a skin and eye irritant.