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Acetic Acid Market

Acetic Acid Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Application (Vinyl acetate monomer, Terephthalic acid, Acetic anhydride, Acetate esters, Dimethylacetamide, Others): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2023-2032

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Author's: | Eswara Prasad
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Acetic acid acid is a colorless liquid with strong and pungent smell, which is also known as ethanoic acid or methanecarboxylic. Approximately 75% of the acetic acid is produced synthetically by carbonylation of methanol and this process. However, acetic acid can also be produced by bacterial fermentation and accounts for only about 10% of world production. This biological route of acetic acid production is majorly used for vinegar production due to food purity laws, which stipulate to use vinegar of biological origin. Its main applications includes production of chemical compounds such as vinyl acetate monomer, acetic anhydride, and ester production. Products of commercial importance made from acetic acid are latex emulsion resins for paints, adhesives, paper coatings, textile finishing agents, cellulose acetate fibers, cigarette filter tow, and cellulosic plastics.

The world acetic acid market is expected to register substantial growth during the forecast period due to its extensive application in the production of vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) and terephthalic acid (TPA). VAM, used in paints and adhesives consumes approximately 40% to 45% of the worlds acetic acid produced. TPA on the other hand uses acetic acid to manufacture polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles for carbonated drinks and resins. Besides this, acetic acid is also used in the food industry and household items as a preservative. Thus, the high demand for acetic acid in VAM & TPA production and food industry would bolster the acetic acid market growth. However, environmental concerns such as non-biodegradability and emission of harmful elements such as aerosols into the environment can restrain the growth of acetic acid in VAM and TPA production.

The report segments acetic acid market on the basis of manufacturing processes, application, and geography. On the basis of manufacturing processes, the market is segmented into synthetic and biological route. According to application, it is classified into vinyl acetate monomer, terephthalic acid, acetic anhydride, acetate esters and Ketene, monochloroacetic, Textiles, dimethylacetamide and others. The geographic breakdown for the report includes for North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

The global acetic acid market has presence of numerous manufacturers that are adopting next generation technologies to bring innovation in the production techniques of acetic acid. Key players are also adopting mergers & acquisitions to expand their presence in global acetic acid market. For instance, Saudi International Petrochemical Company has planned to acquire equities in various companies such as International Acetyl Company Ikarus Petroleum Industries Company, and International Vinyl Acetate Company in June 2015. Comprehensive competitive analysis and profiles of major market players such as Hoechst, Walker Chemie, BASF, Huls, BP Chemicals, Montedison, Nippon Gosei Kagaku and Showa Acetly Chemical, Celanese, and Union Carbide Corporation is also provided in this report.


  • In-depth analysis for the key market segments has been done in this report by making market estimations.
  • Competitive landscape and value chain are modelled for better understanding of competitive environment across the geographies.
  • The projections in this report are made by analysing the current trends and future market potential which help to explore current and future market potential.
  • Geographically, the acetic acid market is systematically analyzed based on various regions such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.
  • SWOT analysis highlights the internal environment of the leading companies for effective strategy formulation.
  • Extensive analysis of the market is conducted by following key product positioning and monitoring the top competitors within the market framework.
  • Key market players within the acetic acid market are profiled in this report and their strategies are analyzed thoroughly, which helps in understanding competitive outlook of world acetic acid market

Acetic Acid Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
Acetic Acid Market By Application
By Application
  • Vinyl acetate monomer
  • Terephthalic acid
  • Acetic anhydride
  • Acetate esters
  • Dimethylacetamide
  • Others
Acetic Acid Market By Region
By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Rest of LAMEA)
Key Market Players
Key Market Players

Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals, Dow Chemicals, INEOS, Helm AG, British Petroleum, Eastman Chemical Company, Pentoky Organy, Indian Oil Corporation, LyondellBasell, Celanese Corporation

Key Market Players
Other Key Market Players

Jiangsu SOPO (Group) Co., Ltd., BP Plc, Daicel Corporation, Shandong Hualu-Hengsheng Chemical Co. Ltd., Shanghai Huayi (Group) Company, Yankuang Cathay Coal Chemicals Co. Ltd., Kingboard Chemical Holdings Ltd.

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Acetic Acid Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2023-2032