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OCI Nitrogen reports slight rise in raw melamine sales

28.11.2018 − 

OCI Nitrogen B.V., based in Geleen, the Netherlands, has experienced a gradual improvement in its raw melamine sales so far this year. A substantial downturn in the first two quarters of this year (Q1: -10.7% to 34,400 tonnes, Q2: -21.5% to 35,400 tonnes) gave way to a minor increase compared with the prior-year period to 36,900 (July-Sept. 2017: 35,500) tonnes in the third quarter. The slump in the first two quarters was connected to output losses and maintenance work at its two raw melamine lines in Geleen. Maintenance carried out between the start of May and the end of July at one of two ammonia lines in Geleen left its traces in the third quarter. The contract price rose by 7% compared with the prior-year period to €1,655 (1,540) per tonne, according to a quarterly report published by its parent firm OCI N.V., based in Amsterdam in mid-November; the price was unchanged compared with the second quarter.

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