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Clear, colorless, corrosive liquid

Molecular formula






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
Speciality esters
Superabsorbent polymers
Polyacrylic acid Water treatment chemicals
Detergent cobuilders

Process outline

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 Scenario

Global installed capacity

5 million metric tonnes per annum

Global demand

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
  • BASF
  • Sasol
  • Formosa