Melamine formaldehyde is derived from the polymerization of melamine and formaldehyde. It is a hard thermosetting plastic that is a highly versatile synthetic polymer which exhibits a range of properties such as high structural stability, high resistance to heat and fire than that compared to polypropylene and polyvinyl chloride. Melamine formaldehyde finds applications in various industries such as construction, furniture, automobile, textile, paper, electrical and household among others. The construction and furniture industry was the major consumer of melamine formaldehyde in 2012.
The global melamine formaldehyde market is growing, owing to the huge demand for manufacturing laminates and adhesives. Apart from this, melamine formaldehyde is widely used in the construction industry in the form of sulfonated melamine formaldehyde in concrete plasticizers. Growing population coupled with increase in urbanization drives the overall construction industry, which in turn is expected to boost the growth of the overall melamine formaldehyde market. Increasing demand for laminates and adhesives in China, especially due to the presence of huge secondary processed manufacturing industry in this region, is expected to boost the growth of the melamine formaldehyde market. Moreover, the increasing population and changing lifestyle also plays a crucial role in boosting the growth of construction and furniture industry and thus, further augments the demand for melamine formaldehyde. However, the volatile prices of melamine are expected to restrain the growth of the market. The huge demand and supply gap for the raw material further increases the price of melamine thus, hampering the growth of melamine formaldehyde market. Development of advanced melamine formaldehyde which offers wide range of benefits in the automobile industry is expected to boost the demand for melamine formaldehyde.
The laminates industry was the largest consumer of melamine formaldehyde and it accounted for over 30% of the overall market in 2012. Adhesives were the second largest consumer of melamine formaldehyde in 2012. Adhesives were followed by paints and coatings industry and the consumption is expected to grow in the forecast period owing to the increasing demand from end-use industries, especially in automobiles. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of melamine formaldehyde in the manufacture of food packaging and this is expected to boost the overall growth of this application. Tableware is expected to be the fastest growing application of melamine formaldehyde during the forecast period. Sanitary ware, electrical and household applications are expected to grow at the same rate during the forecast period as the demand melamine formaldehyde is constantly rising in these applications.
Asia Pacific exhibited the largest demand for melamine formaldehyde and accounted for 43.9% of the global market in 2012. China being the largest exporter of secondary processed products as well as growing construction and furniture industry owing to the changing lifestyle and developing economies, is expected to be the major driving force for the growth of the Asia Pacific market for melamine formaldehyde. The demand for melamine formaldehyde in North America is expected to grow at a significant rate owing to growing demand in sanitary ware, electrical and household appliances. The overall demand in Rest of the World is expected to increase at a rapid pace due to the absence of stringent regulations in this region as compared to the U.S. and Europe. Europe is expected to exhibit a healthy CAGR of 6.0% between 2013 and 2019.
The global melamine formaldehyde market is highly fragmented with major players such as BASF SE and Borealis Group dominating the market. In 2012, the top five companies of melamine formaldehyde market include BASF SE, Mitsui Chemicals, Borealis Group, Momentive Speciality and INEOS Group captures approximately 20% of the overall market share.
Growing construction and furniture industry coupled with increasing demand in China from industries such as automotive, textile, paper, secondary processed products, paints and coatings, among others is expected to drive the global melamine formaldehyde market from 2013 to 2019. For this research report, we conducted in-depth interviews and discussions with key industry participants and opinion leaders. Primary research represents bulk of our research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research also includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, Internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations and agencies. This has proven to be the most reliable, effective and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights and recognizing business opportunities.
We conduct primary interviews on an ongoing basis with industry participants and commentators in order to validate data and analysis. A typical research provides first-hand information on the market size, trends, growth prospects, competitive landscape, future outlook, etc., helps in validating and strengthening secondary research findings and further develops the team’s expertise and market understanding. Primary research involves e-mail interactions, telephonic interviews for each market, category, segment and sub-segment across geographies. Typical industry participants include CEOs, VPs, marketing/product managers, market intelligence managers and national sales managers. We also contacted various purchasing managers, technical personnel, distributors and resellers along with outside experts such as investment bankers, valuation experts, research analysts specializing in specific markets and other key opinion leaders specializing in different areas corresponding to various industry verticals.
Secondary research sources that we have referred to include company websites, annual reports, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations and SEC filings. Moreover, we also referred to internal and external proprietary databases, relevant patent and regulatory databases along with national and government documents, statistical databases and market reports. News articles, press releases and web-casts specific to companies operating in the market were also part of our secondary research. Plastemart Magazine, ICIS, Factiva, OneSource, Chemical Weekly, Platts, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were also important sources that we referred to during the course of our research.
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This report analyzes the global melamine formaldehyde market in terms of volume (kilo tons) and revenue (USD million) from 2012 to 2019. The report includes major driving and restraining factors for the melamine formaldehyde market and highlights opportunities for the market in the near future. It also comprises of overall market attractiveness and company market share analysis to get a comprehensive view about the market. The study segments the market on the basis of the applications of melamine formaldehyde, and each application is further studied as per its regional demand from 2012 to 2019. The major geographical regions analyzed in the report include North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World.
The study offers a detailed view on the market competition by using Porter’s five forces model which mainly includes the impact of suppliers, buyers, new entrants, substitutes, and the degree of competition. The study also analyzes value chain components in order to study value addition at each stage. The report also includes company profiles of the market leaders such as BASF SE, Mitsui Chemicals, Borealis Group, INEOS Group and Momentive Specialty Chemicals, among others.
Melamine Formaldehyde Market: Application Analysis
- Paints & Coatings
- Sanitary ware
- Electrical & Household appliances
Melamine Formaldehyde Market: Regional Analysis
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World