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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We offer the following regional Melamine analysis and news coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Melamine marketplace.
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Melamine: Market overview
The global melamine market remains mostly balanced with planned and unplanned outages countering generally soft demand. The outlook for the fourth quarter of 2013 and into 2014 is for a steadying of supply and a continued strengthening of demand as the US, European and Asian markets continue haphazard economic recovery.
Fourth-quarter demand is expected to strengthen with a growing need for building materials in North America, Latin America and Asia.
Global melamine demand is closely tied to economic growth and there is a direct relationship to the ups and downs of GDP. Ongoing global weakness in various regions has hampered steady overall growth in the melamine market.
Third-quarter demand was soft during the summer holiday season, although regional shortages in Europe and the US created upward price pressure on uncertain supply issues.
US and European buyers expect strengthening demand during the autumn renovations season.
The outlook remains heavily dependent on the resolution of sporadic eurozone debt crises and a return of Chinese economic strength, market participants say.
Updated to mid-August 2013
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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.