Melamine Prices Overview

Market Overview

Quarterly Update on Global Melamine Market
 
For the Quarter Ending September 2020
 
Asia
 
Melamine market in Southeast Asia remained dull during the quarter ending September, weighed by the sluggish demand from downstream industries against ample production in China. As China was observed exporting ample cargoes to the neighboring countries, India announced an anti-dumping probe on Melamine imports under the plea by its domestic manufacturers. Furthermore, mounting inventories of feedstock Urea in India, also lent a downward pressure on its prices. Since the overall demand remained uncertain, buyers were seen adopting a wait and see approach depending upon the spot demand. Owing to the sluggish offtakes of the product, its prices in India traced a downward trajectory in Q3 of 2020. Melamine was assessed around USD 939 per MT CFR Mundra.
 
North America
 
With several plant shutdowns heard in the Gulf Coast region, following the spates of seasonal Hurricanes, supply of Melamine in North America remained dull throughout the quarter. Likewise, Cornerstone Chemicals, a leading producer of Melamine in the U.S. was seen implementing production turnaround at few of its units in Louisiana as a precautionary measure. However, operations at downstream companies were not severely hindered by the supply shortage as most of them had enough inventories to cater to the spot demand. As per regional traders, Melamine is likely to rebound by the next quarter as the market will be operating at full swing to replenish the sputtering economy.
 
Europe
 
The European Melamine market remained oversupplied as various Asian countries were seen dumping their cargoes in the region in order to widen export revenues in times of weak domestic demand. Although the demand fundamentals of Melamine remained plagued by the uncertainties caused by Coronavirus, several manufacturers reported a marginal revival in demand compared to the previous quarter. Demand from the construction sector also improved with increase in number of do-it-yourself (DIY) home renovation projects.

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ChemAnalyst gathers information through primary research surveys conducted with various Melamine manufacturers, spread across the domestic and international market, suppliers and dealers/distributors to gain insights into value-chains and demand-supply scenario to assess the market situation. Thorough study of company’s annual reports and secondary sources such as exhaustive search on credible paid databases, including our internal database is done to verify the information. All the collected information is analyzed, evaluated and presented in chronological order to depict a meaningful and clear picture of the concerned market.
 
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Critical examination of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the global supply chains and shift in demand patterns with change in buying behavior of consumers across the globe.
 
Several ongoing development projects across industries are tracked, followed by the details of major projects in the development stage, which can positively or negatively influence Global Melamine market.
 
Pricing is captured through exhaustive primary interviews with domestic and international manufacturers, traders and importers and customers on monthly and yearly basis.
 

Finally, region-specific markets for Melamine are analyzed and region-wise demand pattern is tracked.

About

Melamine is a nitrogen-rich, organic compound mainly utilized for manufacturing durable thermosetting resins. These resins are formed by combining original Melamine with Formaldehyde. Since these resins are known to possess extraordinary moulding properties, these are profoundly used to manufacture protective coatings, laminates, dinnerware, fabrics, furniture and several parts in automotive. Furthermore, some part of the primal Melamine is also consumed in its crystalline form for moisture-resistant or flame-retardant applications. Melamine is commonly manufactured from Urea by either a high or low-pressure route. Low-pressure process is generally carried out in vapor phase while high pressure process is carried out in the liquid-phase. Alumina catalyst is required in the low-pressure route to initially convert Urea to isocyanic acid followed by the formation of cyanamide to melamine. Whereas the high-pressure route proceeds without the catalyst, wherein, Urea is directly converted to Cyanuric acid which is then subjected to a reaction with Ammonia for producing Melamine. Low-pressure process is generally carried out in vapor-phase while high pressure process is carried out in liquid phase. Although both the routes claim to yield Melamine up to 99.8%, high-pressure route is primarily preferred by the manufacturers owing to the lower capital investment involved.