Major Uses

Ethanoic acid is one of the world's most important chemicals and serves as an intermediate in the production of a vast range of products.

Intermediate End use/Products
Acetic acid vinyl ester(Vinyl acetate monomer - VAM)formula: Acetic acid vinyl ester A range of polymers including PVA (polyvinyl acetate) used as an adhesive, and others used for films, paints, textiles and paper

Ethanoic anhydride

formula: Ethanoic anhydride

Used to manufacture cellulose acetate; pharmaceuticals (aspirin); bleaching agents in detergents; agro-chemicals (herbicides) and dyes
Ethanoate ester solventsformula: Ethanoate ester solvents Production of many paints, dyes, adhesives and inks

Benzene-1,4-dicarboxylic acid (terephthalic acid, TPA)

formula: Benzene-1,4-dicarboxylic acid

Manufacture of lightweight, recyclable plastics such as packaging films and plastic bottles; and as a solvent in the manufacture of polyester fibres

Chloroethanoic acid

formula: Chloroethanoic acid

Production of wallpaper adhesives; herbicides; pharmaceuticals and cosmetics


graph: uses of ethanoic acid


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