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Vinyl Acetate Manufacture Technology Description

Online Vinyl Acetate Data: Manufacture, Uses and Applications

Intratec Chemical Process Library is the first free online encyclopedia of chemical process technologies. Our Library covers not only processes description themselves, but also the economics surrounding chemicals production, providing real-world knowledge on the production of several chemical commodities. Click here to check all chemicals covered.

In this page you will find free data about Vinyl Acetate, including:

  • What is Vinyl Acetate
  • How to make Vinyl Acetate
  • Vinyl Acetate uses and applications

This page presents brief synopsis of Vinyl Acetate production technology, describing, in a concise way, relevant technical and economic aspects. Each manufacturing process description will consist of:

  • Major process steps
  • Simplified, schematic flow diagram & key equipment
  • Important safety or environmental considerations
  • Economic perspective, comprising capital expenditures and/or operating expenses

All content from Intratec's Chemical Process Library was produced based on reports published by Intratec. To learn more about Vinyl Acetate production processes presented below and others examined in Intratec reports, click here.

Vinyl Acetate Manufacture

Vinyl acetate (vinyl acetate monomer; VAM) is an important vinyl ester, primarily used in the production of polymers and copolymers for coatings, paints and sealants, as well as for binders and in textile and paper processing.

Technology Description

The following paragraphs describe a typical vapor-phase oxidation process for VAM production from acetic acid and ethylene. The figure below presents a simplified flow diagram of the process.

Vinyl Acetate Manufacture Technology - Process Flow Diagram


Make-up and recycled acetic acid pass through a vaporizer, along with fresh ...

VAM Separation

The reactor effluent is cooled and fed ...

VAM purification

In the azeotropic column, a VAM-water mixture is distilled ...

The purpose of the ...

VAM production pathways

VAM commercial production is mostly based on the reaction of ...

Economic Performance

The total operating cost (raw materials, utilities, fixed costs and depreciation costs) estimated to produce vinyl acetate was about ...


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This synopsis is based on the report Vinyl Acetate from Acetic Acid and Ethylene - Cost Analysis | VAM E11A. (For more information, Click here).