Acetic Acid

Acetic acid, a derivative of methanol, is used to produce terephthalic acid (PTA) which is used to make polyester fibre for carpeting and textiles. PTA is also a basic component of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, which is used to package beverages and household products.

Acetic acid is a major component of vinyl acetate monomer, which is used to manufacture water-based paints and adhesives and is a welcome replacement for solvent-based products.

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Acetic Acid is one of the major organic chemicals imported in India. Almost all the consuming sectors of Acetic Acid have witnessed growth rates of more than 10% in the past 5 years, indicating a strong demand of Acetic Acid in the present market scenario. Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) is the largest consumer of Acetic Acid, accounting for more than half the domestic production of the country and expected to achieve growth rates close to 20% in the next 5 years. Esters, Camphors and Dyes are other major consumers of Acetic Acid in the country expected to witness modest growth in the coming years. Western region of the country is the largest hub of Acetic Acid consumption, accounting for more than half of domestic Acetic Acid consumption. Other regions of the country share approximate similar Acetic Acid requirements, which are however, expected to increase in the future.

Laxmi Organics, JUBL and GNFC are the chief Acetic Acid manufacturers in the domestic market. Though production has seen a modest growth, it is not enough to meet the domestic demand. India's limited domestic production mandates users and distributors to procure Acetic Acid through imports. There is, therefore, very little scope for exporting Acetic Acid as the demand is within the country. Malaysia is the major source of import and has more than half share in total quantity of Acetic Acid imported by India. Singapore followed by Taiwan, China and USA account for the rest.

The global demand of acetic acid is around 6.5 million tonnes per year (Mt/a), of which approximately 1.5 Mt/annum is met by recycling; the remainder is manufactured from petrochemical feedstock. As a chemical reagent, biological sources of acetic acid are of interest but generally uncompetitive. Acetic acid is a chemical reagent for the production of chemical compounds. The largest single use of acetic acid is in the production of vinyl acetate monomer, closely followed by acetic anhydride and ester production. The volume of acetic acid used in vinegar is comparatively small.

Highlights of the Report

  •  Domestic installed capacity, production and demand
  •  Key Manufacturers in India
  •  Domestic Market Share and Trends
  •  Region-wise Demand Distribution
  •  Month-wise Import Quantities
  •  Month-wise Export Quantities
  •  Country-wise Share of Imports
  •  Port-wise Share of Imports
  •  Major End Users, Traders and Distributors
  •  CIF Pricing
  •  Prominent Production Technology Licensors
  •  Industrial Manufacturing Process
  •  Application and Use in Diverse Sectors
  •  Global Market highlights
  •  Health Impacts
  •  Chemical and Physical Properties
  1. CHAPTER 1
  2. Introduction
    1. Major Physical and Chemical Properties
    2. Uses
      1. Vinyl Acetate Monomer
      2. Ester Production
      3. Acetic Anhydride
      4. Use as a Solvent
      5. Medicinal Use
      6. Vinegar
    3. Health Risks
    4. Manufacturing Processes
      1. Carbonylation of methanol (Monsanto and Cativa)
      2. Oxidation of acetaldehyde
      3. Oxidation of Butane
      4. Saabre
  3. CHAPTER 2
    1. Production and Demand
    2. Key Producers (India)
      1. GNFC
      2. Jubilant Organosys
      3. Ashok Alco Chem
    3. Capacity Expansion Plans
    4. Import and Export
    5. Consumption
      1. Key Consumers in India
    6. Import-Export Scenario
      1. Month wise Imports
    7. Month wise Exports
    8. Port wise Imports Analysis
    9. C.I.F. Price Analysis
    10. Major End Users, Distributors and Traders
  5. CHAPTER 3
    1. Production
    2. Key Producers (Worldwide)
    4. Consumption
      1. Vinyl Acetate Monomer
      2. Purified Terephthalic Acid
      3. Acetate Esters
      4. Other Derivatives
    5. Projections

List of Tables

  • Table 1 Physical and Chemical Properties of Acetic Acid
  • Table 2 Acetic Acid Scenario in India (2001-2014, in MT)
  • Table 3 Acetic Acid Production and Capacity Utilization (2007-2014, MT)
  • Table 4 Acetic Acid Producers in India
  • Table 5 Acetic Acid Import Sources India (2012)
  • Table 6 Acetic Acid Import Sources India (2013)
  • Table 7 Acetic Acid Import Sources India (2014)
  • Table 8 Month wise Import Data (2012)
  • Table 9 Month wise Import Data (2013)
  • Table 10 Month wise Import Data (2014 (Till July))
  • Table 11 Month wise Export Data (2012)
  • Table 12 Month wise Export Data (2013)
  • Table 13 Month wise Export Data (2014 (Till August))
  • Table 14 List of Importers, Distributors and Traders
  • Table 15 List of End Users

List of Figures

  • Figure 1 Acetic Acid Production and Demand (2001-2014, MT)
  • Figure 2 Capacity Utilization (2007-2014)
  • Figure 3 Acetic Acid Import and Export (2001-2014, MT)
  • Figure 4 Acetic Acid Import Sources India (2012)
  • Figure 5 Acetic Acid Export Destinations India (2013)
  • Figure 6 Acetic Acid Import Sources India (2014)
  • Figure 7 Acetic Acid Export Destinations India (2012-2013, MT)
  • Figure 8 Acetic Acid Import Value per tonne (2001-02 to 2013-14, MT)
  • Figure 9 Month wise Import Data (2012)
  • Figure 10 Month wise Import Data (2013)
  • Figure 11 Month wise Import Data (2014 (Till July))
  • Figure 12 Month wise Export Data (2012)
  • Figure 13 Month wise Export Data (2013)
  • Figure 14 Month wise Export Data (2014 (Till August))
  • Figure 15 Port wise Import Data (2012)
  • Figure 16 Port wise Import Data (2013)
  • Figure 17 Port wise Import Data (2014)
  • Figure 18 CIF Prices (2012)
  • Figure 19 CIF Prices (2013)
  • Figure 20 CIF Prices (2014, Till July)
  • Figure 21 Sector Wise Consumption in India
  • Figure 22 Global Demand for Acetic Acid Derivatives 2011 (tonnes)

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