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Cellulose Acetate
Cellulose Acetate
Cellulose Acetate
C6H7O2(OR)3, where R = H-, acetyl-.

About Cellulose Acetate. Cellulose Acetate is one of the most important organic ester. It is manufactured by reacting cellulose with acetic acid or acetic anhydride, with sulfuric acid catalyst. The cellulose is fully acetylated, yielding three acetate groups per glucose unit, and at the same time, the sulfuric acid causes appreciable degradation of the cellulose polymer so that the product contains only 200–300 glucose units per polymer chain. At this point in the process, the cellulose acetate ordinarily is partially hydrolyzed by the addition of water until an average of 2–2.5 acetate groups per glucose unit remain. This product is thermoplastic and soluble in acetone.

Cellulose Acetate Handling. The transportation of cellulose ester moldings in general is not governed by any regulation for the transportation of hazardous goods. The storage of these compounds present no problems, however, it is recommended that they should be predried in accordance to the particular manufacturer´s guidelines before processing.

Cellulose Acetate Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Cellulose Acetate are listed below.

  • Acetic anhydride + bleached wood pulp/cotton linters (ester formation/partial hydrolysis)

Cellulose Acetate Uses. The uses and applications of Cellulose Acetate may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Cellulose Acetate are filtered/unfiltered; plastic (52–54% acetic acid); lacquer (54–56% acetic acid); film (55.5–56.6% acetic acid); water resisting (56.5–59% acetic acid); and triacetate (60.0–62.5% acetic acid). When commercialized, Cellulose Acetate is transported in one of the following forms: powder, granules, and mixed.

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  • Cellulose Acetate, US (United States): Cellulose Acetate, export transaction price, fob, United States
  • Cellulose Acetate, EUR (Europe): Cellulose Acetate, import transaction price, cif, Belgium (netforward from fob United States)
  • Cellulose Acetate, CN (China): Cellulose Acetate, import transaction price, cif, China

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Cellulose Acetate Price Outlook. The price of Cellulose Acetate (United States) decreased during April 2019 to 2,910 USD per metric ton, which represents a decline of 6% compared to the previous month’s value. On a year-over-year basis, the prices of Cellulose Acetate (United States) decreased significantly by 8%. Meanwhile, the average price of Cellulose Acetate (China) amounted to 3,060 USD per metric ton, from 3,100 USD per metric ton one year earlier. On a month-over-month basis, the price of Cellulose Acetate (China) is 5% lower than the price one month before.

The price of Cellulose Acetate (Europe) declined slightly throughout April 2019, reaching 2,510 USD per metric ton.  The price is 4% lower than the average price in the previous month and 1% lower than the average price one year before.

About Cellulose Acetate. Cellulose Acetate is one of the most important organic ester. It is manufactured by reacting cellulose with acetic acid or acetic anhydride, with sulfuric acid catalyst. The cellulose is fully acetylated, yielding three acetate groups per glucose unit, and at the same time, the sulfuric acid causes appreciable degradation of the cellulose polymer so that the product contains only 200–300 glucose units per polymer chain. At this point in the process, the cellulose acetate ordinarily is partially hydrolyzed by the addition of water until an average of 2–2.5 acetate groups per glucose unit remain. This product is thermoplastic and soluble in acetone.

Cellulose Acetate Handling. The transportation of cellulose ester moldings in general is not governed by any regulation for the transportation of hazardous goods. The storage of these compounds present no problems, however, it is recommended that they should be predried in accordance to the particular manufacturer´s guidelines before processing.

Cellulose Acetate Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Cellulose Acetate are listed below.

  • Acetic anhydride + bleached wood pulp/cotton linters (ester formation/partial hydrolysis)

Cellulose Acetate Uses. The uses and applications of Cellulose Acetate may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Cellulose Acetate are filtered/unfiltered; plastic (52–54% acetic acid); lacquer (54–56% acetic acid); film (55.5–56.6% acetic acid); water resisting (56.5–59% acetic acid); and triacetate (60.0–62.5% acetic acid). When commercialized, Cellulose Acetate is transported in one of the following forms: powder, granules, and mixed.

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