Published June 2020
The properties of melamine resin provide product advantages. These properties include abrasion, chemical, physical, and thermal resistance; hardness; and the ability to combine with other chemicals to make melamine resins with good handling and molding properties. The high nitrogen content of melamine resin also provides fire-retardant properties. The major end-use markets for melamine includes construction/remodeling, automotive production, and original equipment manufacture (OEM). Thus, demand is influenced largely by general economic conditions.
More than 70% of global melamine consumption is for laminates and wood adhesives production. Laminates are found in products such as furniture, floors, kitchen cabinets and countertops, and walls. Wood adhesives based on melamine are found in a number of wood products including medium-density fiberboard (MDF), particleboard, and plywood. Melamine-modified wood adhesives improve the durability and moisture resistance of the final woodboard.
The following pie chart shows world consumption of melamine:
Overall, economic performance will continue to be the best indicator of future demand for melamine. Demand in most downstream markets is greatly influenced by general economic conditions. As a result, demand largely follows the patterns of the leading world economies. The major end-use markets include construction/remodeling, automotive production, and original equipment manufacture.
During the last few years, melamine consumption has increased as global economies have improved and melamine enduse industries such as housing, construction, and automotive have continued to grow. However, in 2020, melamine consumption will decline from 2019 levels because of COVID-19 and the resulting negative effect on the global economy and on melamine end-use industries such as construction and automotive. In general, melamine consumption is expected to recover slightly in 2021, and will experience modest or limited growth in the years thereafter, depending on different regions of the world. Global melamine consumption growth is expected to be 3.5% per year during 2020-25.
The modest global growth will be driven by mainland China, which accounts for nearly half of world melamine consumption, as well as almost three-fourths of total world capacity. Relatively stronger growth will also take place in other parts of Asia, such as the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Modest growth is expected for other regions of the world including the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, North America, and Central and South America. More limited growth is expected in Western Europe and Japan.
The largest global melamine producers are in mainland China and Europe; most major producers operate in only one region or country. There are a number of small to midsized producers that meet their own captive requirements.
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