Acetic Acid Prices
Current Prices and Historical Series in Several Countries
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About Acetic Acid. Acetic Acid (a.k.a. Ethanoic Acid, Hydrogen Acetate, Vinegar) is an organic compound, in the carboxylic acids class. It is a clear, colorless liquid, with sharp odor and burning taste, miscible with water and most organic solvents. It can be found naturally in dilute solutions in plants and animal systems, as well as in ocean water, rain and oilfield brines. Its existence has been known for more than 2000 years, and, currently, it is the most commercialized organic acid worldwide. Acetic acid, in organic process, can be comparable to sulfuric acid in mineral chemical industries, as its movements mirror the ones of the industry as a whole, and a country’s consumption can help to establish the current state of its economy.
Chemical Formula. C2H4O2
Commercial Grades. USP grade (glacial (min. 99.4 wt%) and dilute (36–37wt%)); technical grade (usually 80%); NF grade (aqueous solution of 6.0 g/100 ml)
Uses. Acetic acid is a raw material for several key petrochemical intermediates and products. The largest end uses of Acetic Acid are in the production of vinyl acetate monomer and acetic anhydride. Vinyl acetate monomer is primarily a feedstock for the manufacture of poly(vinyl acetate) (PVA) and vinyl acetate copolymers, used in paints, adhesives, paper coatings, and textile treatment. Acetic anhydride, in turn, is a reagent in organic synthesis, mostly used in the production of cellulose acetate textile fibers, cigarette filter tow, and cellulose plastics. Base product in a wide range of organic synthesis and reactions; production of plastics; pharmaceuticals; chemical solvent; latex coagulant; acidulant food additive; buffer in cosmetics; photographic chemical; dyes; insecticides; oil-well acidifier; aluminum brightener.
- Methanol + carbon monoxide (methanol carbonylation process, rhodium promoted with iodide as catalyst )
- Acetaldehyde (liquid phase air oxidation process)
- n-Butane (or naphta) (catalytic liquid phase oxidation process, , in the presence of metallic ions (such as cobalt, manganese or chromium))
- Vinyl acetate (ester hydrolysis/isomerization, by product of acetaldehyde production)
- Ethanol (oxidation process)
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Derivatives. Acetanilide; acetate fibers; acetic anhydride; acetyl chloride; allyl acetate; benzoyl chloride; chloroacetic acid; ethyl acetate; peracetic acid; sodium acetate; triacetin; vinyl acetate
Methodology. The pricing data presented are, if not otherwise indicated, volume-weighted average transaction prices including contract and spot transactions in the locations specified. The information provided is obtained from gathering and refining of trade data officially reported for the respective countries (i.e., governmental agencies, institutions related to foreign trade and industry publications). For further details check our Methodology.
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