Published August 2022
The C1-C4 alkyl acetates discussed in this report include methyl acetate, ethyl acetate, n-propyl acetate,is opropyl acetate, n-butyl acetate, isobutyl acetate, and sec-butyl acetate. Ethyl and n-butyl acetates are the major markets for C1-C4 alkyl acetates, accounting for more than 83% of the total world consumption for C1-C4 alkyl acetates in 2021.
Growth in demand for C1-C4 alkyl acetates varies by acetate and region. Surface coatings and printing inks account for most of the global C1-C4 alkyl acetates consumption; the exception is methyl acetate, which is used almost exclusively as a chemical intermediate in the manufacture of acetic anhydride.
The following pie charts show world consumption of ethyl and n-butyl acetates:
Demand in most downstream markets for C1-C4 alkyl acetates is greatly influenced by general economic conditions. The consumption of C1-C4 alkyl acetates in surface coatings depends heavily on construction/remodeling activity, automotive production and refinish activity, and original equipment manufacture (OEM). The demand for C1-C4 alkyl acetates in inks tends to be more recession-resistant, as most rotogravure and flexographic inks are used in publications and food, and beverage packaging.
Surface coating applications will continue to drive demand for alkyl acetates; this market accounted for around 40% of the global consumption in 2021. Growing demand centers such as India and mainland China will continue to drive global production.
sec-Butyl acetate is a relatively new end use for acetic acid. Mainland China accounts for almost all of the nameplate capacity for this product in 2021. sec-Butyl acetate is used mainly for coatings, pesticides, and gasoline blending in mainland China, where it is a growing market in China and most production is consumed domestically
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