Clear, colorless, corrosive liquid
|Application sector||End user sector|
|Acrylic esters (acrylates) - methyl acrylate, butyl acrylate,
ethyl acrylate and 2-ethyl hexyl acrylate
|Paints, adhesives, leather, textile and paper coatings Acrylic fibre|
|Glacial acrylic acid||
Coatings, adhesives, inks, lubricants, saturants, and plastics
|Polyacrylic acid||Water treatment chemicals
Most plants produce acrylic acid via a two-step oxidation process in which propylene is oxidized to make acrylic acid.
The process also generates acrolein, which can be further oxidized at high temperatures to form acrylic acid.
New plants will likely produce acrylic acid through one-step propylene oxidation, analysts say.
Global installed capacity
5 million metric tonnes per annum
4.8 million metric tonnes per annum
Growth rate in demand through 2015
3.7% per annum
Major global producers
Major global producers include the following :
- Dow Chemical
- Rohm and Haas