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 Q2 2015
The global melamine market is likely to remain fairly balanced, with some upward price pressure during the second quarter on rising construction activity amid signs of excess production capacity in China.
The US domestic contract price is the exception, with prices rising 13 cents/lb since October on a trade complaint filed by the sole US producer against material from China and Trinidad, the two largest foreign suppliers to the US market.
Prices in China eased down after the November filing of the complaint, though they have eased up slightly since mid-March while they have lowered in Europe.
Second-quarter demand increases are expected as the peak construction season begins and is likely to afford some upward price pressure.
The deciding factors on price direction will be the health of global construction activity and whether producers in China rationalise production rates, given the slowdown in construction there on a glut of real estate development.
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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.