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Other applications of melamine

Flame retardant
Melamine has a very high content of Nitrogen and, when heated above a certain threshold, it decomposes and releases a significant amount of inert, non toxic gas. Furthermore, the decomposition also absorbs a great deal of heat, thus counteracting the combustion process. Melamine, as a safe, effective and environmentally friendlier flame retardant, is progressively eroding the market of halogen based products in specialized paints, textile products and in flexible urethane foam used in the furniture and bedding industry and inside electronics products. The usage of melamine as flame retardant in polyurethane foams is extremely simple, Melamine crystals can be simply added prior to foaming to polyurethane foam reactants . Opportunity here is driven by legislative mandates in favor of public safety measures.

Tire-cord adhesives
While tire-cord adhesives are primarily based on resorcinol formaldehyde resins, ethoxymethylmelamine is frequently incorporated.

Concrete plasticizer
The addition of sulphonated melamine-formaldehyde resins as dispersing agent improves the characteristics of concrete mixtures in terms of better fluidization and workability, faster setting and drying, stronger mechanical properties.

Leather tanning agents
Traditional leather tanning agents are used in combination with MF resins pretreatment to enhance the action of the agents. The finished leather is lighter in colour, firmer and has a bulkier feel.

Fluorescent pigment binders
MF resins are a preferred cross linker for fluorescent pigment binders/carriers such as sulfonamides.

Glass fibers binders
MF resins are used in conjunction with phenolic resins as binders for glass fibers and mineral wool insulation. The MF suppresses the tendency of the phenolic binder to burn.