Our weekly Melamine reports are published for Asia, Europe and the US. Price assessments gathered by our locally based reporters cover spot business in Asia, contract and spot in Europe, and contract only in the US.
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Updated to Q2 2019
Melamine supply was ample amid the start-up of India’s new plant in January. The inflow of cheaper European and Middle East cargoes exerted the downward pressure on the Asian market. Major Chinese suppliers reduced prices to win more market share, which also dragged them into red territory amid cost pressures. Some small melamine plants in China had to shut down as they could not pass on the cost to their customers.
Demand slowed down amid the ongoing US-China trade war and global economic downturn. Most buyers and end-users were committed to their inventories and unwilling to do replenishment due to slowing off-take rates. The Muslim fasting month in some southeast Asian countries also hampered buying interest. Import interest in India was hindered by the increasing local supply.
The European melamine market remained well supplied, putting downward pressure on quarterly prices. Attractively-priced imports from regions outside of Europe also weighed on the market. Material was readily available during the quarter despite a few turnarounds in Europe.
Melamine demand was weaker at the start of the year and progressed slowly. 2Q demand is usually seasonally healthy but some sectors saw varied strength, depending on end-use application. On the buy-side, lower consumption levels compared with last year were noted.
Melamine supply and demand fundamentals were largely unchanged in the second quarter. Turnaround activity was lighter this year, which kept supply lengthy. The US has been a net importer of melamine since 2015. In addition to domestic supply from Cornerstone Chemical, which is the only domestic melamine producer, the US imported most of its supply from the Netherlands, Trinidad/Tobago, Germany and Japan.
Demand was soft in the second quarter, weighed down by under performance in the construction and automotive sectors. Q2 2019 contracts settled at a decrease. Q3 contract discussions were muted for most of the quarter, gaining some momentum near the end of the quarter.
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Melamine was originally manufactured by heating dicyandiamide under pressure.
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.
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