Acetic acid

– a raw material within the organic chemical industry

Fast facts

CAS Registry Number

64-19-7

Chemical Formula

CH3COOH

Molecular Weight

60,052 g/mol

Synonyms

Ethanoic acid, Carboxylic acid

Acetic acid is a common raw material and an important intermediate chemical with a wide range of applications. A substantial part of the acetic acid that is manufactured industrially today is found in many of the everyday products that we surround ourselves with on a daily basis. Typical examples are various plastic products, PET packaging, adhesives, shampoos, paints, solvents and medicines.

As an intermediate chemical, acetic acid is used in the production of, for example, vinyl acetate, which then is converted into various forms of plastics. It is used in the manufacture of esters such as ethyl acetate which is a solvent. Acetic acid is also used as a raw material in the production of both acetate and acetate silk, which in the next step can be converted into lining fabric or spectacle frames.

Acetic acid as a preservative

Acetic acid inhibits the growth of many pathogenic bacteria, this is mainly due to the acetic acid salts which are also called acetates. Acetic acid is therefore found as a preservative or acidity regulator in foodstuffs and pickles such as pickled cucumbers.

Sekab’s bio-based acetic acid is certified and guaranteed sustainable

Sekab’s acetic acid is sustainability certified according to the certification body ISCC – International Sustainability & Carbon Certification. This guarantees that our acetic acid has been produced from renewable raw materials, using renewable energy and in a circular production process.

It also means that:

  • Land, including arable land, has been used responsibly in the cultivation of crops for the ethanol raw material
  • no forest has been cleared to make way for the arable land for the raw material
  • all regulations and laws have been followed regarding human rights, labour rights and land rights
  • there is full traceability throughout the supply chain
  • we can show how large the reduction of greenhouse gases is.

You can read more about ISCC sustainability certification here: www.iscc-system.org

“Sustainable chemicals are an important step towards making the chemical industry fossil-free and Sekab is today the only company in Europe that can produce all-green basic chemicals”

Quick facts

CAS Registry Number

64-19-7

Chemical Formula

CH3COOH

Molecular Weight

60,052 g/mol

Synonyms

Ethanoic acid, Carboxylic acid

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