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Melamine: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2016
Third-quarter European melamine contract are largely expect to conclude at a stable level. This is mainly driven by balanced supply and demand fundamentals. Inventories remain low for a number of European produces, linked to some planned and unplanned maintenance stops. Demand remains stable and comparable to the second quarter, although there are some expectation for it to drop seasonally in August.
Following Cornerstone Chemical's June price increase of five cents/lb effective 1 July in the US melamine market, US Q3 melamine contracts with medium-to-large buyers are settling at an average increase of 2-3 cents/lb over Q2. Melamine supply is ample, but it could be less readily available in the middle of Q3 - before loosening up again later in the quarter.
In the third quarter, Asia melamine prices are largely expected to hold steady with mild fluctuations when urea prices pick up. Due to the rainy season in many parts of Asia, consumption of melamine from the plywood industry is likely to remain slow. Meanwhile, major Japanese producer Nissan Chemicals will be shut for turnaround from 18 June- 5 August, limiting on spot availability of non-Chinese melamine.
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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.