Acetic Acid Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Acetic Acid Market is segmented by Derivative (Vinyl Acetate Monomer, Purified Terephthalic Acid, Ethyl Acetate, Acetic Anhydride, and Other Derivatives), End-user Industry (Plastics and Polymers, Food and Beverage, Adhesives, Paints and Coatings, Textile, Medical, and Other End-user Industries), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa).

Market Snapshot

Acetic Acid Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >5 %
Acetic Acid Market Top Companies

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Market Overview

The acetic acid market size was estimated at 15,924 kiloton in 2020, and the market is projected to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

The market was negatively impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. The declining automotive industry, along with the temporary shutdown of automotive manufacturing units and various construction projects due to the ongoing pandemic scenario, declined the consumption of adhesives, paints, and coatings, thus, creating a negative impact on the demand for acetic acid. Work stoppages due to measures imposed by various government authorities across the world in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus and workforce shortages due to illness and preventative quarantines impacted most of the end-user industries, such as textiles, food and beverage, automotive, and construction, thereby affecting the market growth of the acetic acid market.

  • Over the short term, increasing demand for purified terephthalic acid (PTA) from the textile and packaging industry and growing use of ester solvents in the paints and coatings industry are driving the growth of the acetic acid market.
  • Environmental concerns regarding the harmful effects of acetic acid are hindering the market's growth.
  • The development of new separation technologies to increase the production efficiency of acetic acid is likely to create opportunities for the market in the coming years.
  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market and is also likely to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

Acetic acid is a monocarboxylic acid containing two carbons. It is a clear, colorless liquid with a strong, pungent odor like vinegar. Acetic acid can be derived from carbonylation of methanol, oxidation of acetaldehyde and ethylene, and biological method like bacterial fermentation. The acetic acid market is segmented by derivative, end-user industry, and geography. By derivative, the market is segmented into vinyl acetate monomer, purified terephthalic acid, ethyl acetate, acetic anhydride, and other derivatives. By end-user industry, the market is segmented into plastics and polymers, food and beverage, adhesives, paints and coatings, textile, medical, and other end-user industries. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the acetic acid market in 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of volume (kiloton).

By Derivative
Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM)
Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA)
Ethyl Acetate
Acetic Anhydride
Other Derivatives
By End-user Industry
Plastics and Polymers
Food and Beverage
Adhesives, Paints, and Coatings
Other End-user Industries
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Applications in the Adhesives, Paints, and Coatings Industry

  • Vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) is used in producing water-based paints, adhesives, waterproofing coatings, and paper and paperboard coatings. The PTA-based polyesters and polyamides are also used in hot melt adhesives. PTA is even used in paints as a carrier.
  • Adhesives are used in automobiles for various applications. It is used in assemblies of windshields, brakes, thread lockers, and other interior and exterior applications. Up to Q3 of 2019, about 67.47 million vehicles were produced globally and reached about 52 million vehicles up to Q3 of 2020, registering a decline rate of about 23%, thus led to a decrease in the demand for adhesives and VAM, which, in turn, negatively impacted the market growth of acetic acid.
  • The increasing construction activities in emerging economies of Asia-Pacific are expected to drive the demand for adhesives, paints, and coating. This factor, in turn, is projected to positively influence the market for end-use products of acetic acid.
  • The construction sector has been witnessing robust growth in some of the Middle Eastern countries over the past few years. These countries are receiving huge domestic and foreign investments for setting up industrial units, hospitals, malls, multiplexes, the hospitality industry, and the IT sector. This factor is also expected to drive the demand for adhesives, paints, and coatings. The increased demand, in turn, is expected to positively influence the market studied.
  • However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic scenario, the above-mentioned end-user industries have been affected and have witnessed a negative growth rate, thus, hindering the acetic acid market demand.
  • However, the market for acetic acid is likely to grow globally post-pandemic scenario, as the end-user industries are likely to pick up the pace during the later stage of the forecast period.
Acetic Acid Market Revenue Share

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific is the largest consumer of acetic acid in the global market. The Asia-Pacific market is anticipated to be the largest market for the textile industry, owing to the strong industrial base.
  • China is a hub for chemical processing, accounting for most of the chemical production globally. With the growing global demand for various chemicals, the demand for intermediates, such as acetic acid, from this sector is expected to increase significantly during the forecast period.
  • Currently, China produces more than half of the coatings from Asia-Pacific and is home to more than 10,000 paint companies, among which local producers occupy more than half of the share in the domestic paints market.
  • In India, the growing demand from package printing, newsprint, publishing, and other commercial printing helped the printing ink market in India to register strong growth in recent years, and it is expected to continue to grow during the forecast period, which, in turn, stimulates the regional market demand for acetic acid.
  • China is the largest market for VAM worldwide. In terms of volume, the country accounted for more than 30% of the global consumption. This large share is because of the strong and steady textile and packaging market of China.
  • In 2019, Asia-Pacific’s VAM market volume was around 3.6 million ton, and it is expected to reach approximately 5 million ton by 2024, with a growth rate of over 6.5%, which, in turn, will stimulate the demand in the acetic acid market.
  • Due to all such factors, the market for acetic acid in the region is expected to have a steady growth during the forecast period.
Acetic Acid Market Growth Rate By Region

Competitive Landscape

The acetic acid market is fragmented in nature. Some of the major players in the market include Celanese Corporation, INEOS, Jiangsu SOPO (Group) Co. Ltd, Eastman Chemical Company or its subsidiaries, and LyondellBasell Industries Holdings BV, among others.

Recent Developments

  • In January 2021, INEOS acquired BP’s global Aromatics & Acetyls business, which includes 15 different global production sites and 10 joint ventures, for further strengthening its geographic reach and enhancing its product portfolio.
  • In June 2020, Celanese Corporation and Southwest Institute of Chemical Co. Ltd announced to develop acetic acid to acrylic acid technology in Teng Zhou, China, to test industrial-scale production of acrylic acid using acetic acid as the main raw material.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Demand for Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM)

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Demand from the Textile and Packaging Industry

      3. 4.1.3 Increasing Use of Ester Solvents in the Paints and Coating Industry

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Environmental Concerns Regarding the Harmful Effects

      2. 4.2.2 Unfavorable Conditions Arising Due to the Impact of COVID-19

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

    5. 4.5 Import and Export Trends

    6. 4.6 Price Trends

    7. 4.7 Feedstock Analysis

    8. 4.8 Technological Snapshot

    9. 4.9 Supply Scenario

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Volume)

    1. 5.1 By Derivative

      1. 5.1.1 Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM)

      2. 5.1.2 Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA)

      3. 5.1.3 Ethyl Acetate

      4. 5.1.4 Acetic Anhydride

      5. 5.1.5 Other Derivatives

    2. 5.2 By End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Plastics and Polymers

      2. 5.2.2 Food and Beverage

      3. 5.2.3 Adhesives, Paints, and Coatings

      4. 5.2.4 Chemicals

      5. 5.2.5 Textile

      6. 5.2.6 Medical

      7. 5.2.7 Other End-user Industries

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Celanese Corporation

      2. 6.4.2 Chang Chun Group

      3. 6.4.3 China Petrochemical Corporation

      4. 6.4.4 Daicel Corporation

      5. 6.4.5 Eastman Chemical Company or its subsidiaries

      6. 6.4.6 GNFC Limited

      7. 6.4.7 INEOS

      8. 6.4.8 Jiangsu SOPO (Group) Co. Ltd

      9. 6.4.9 Kanoria Chemicals & Industries Ltd

      10. 6.4.10 Kemipex

      11. 6.4.11 Kingboard Holdings Limited

      12. 6.4.12 LyondellBasell Industries Holdings BV

      13. 6.4.13 Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

      14. 6.4.14 PetroChina Company Limited

      15. 6.4.15 SABIC

      16. 6.4.16 SASOL

      17. 6.4.17 Shandong Hualu-Hengsheng Chemical Co. Ltd

      18. 6.4.18 Shanghai Wujing Chemical Co. Ltd

      19. 6.4.19 Showa Denko KK

      20. 6.4.20 Sipchem

      21. 6.4.21 Svensk Etanolkemi AB (SEKAB)

      22. 6.4.22 Tanfac Industries Ltd

      23. 6.4.23 Wacker Chemie AG

      24. 6.4.24 Yankuang Group

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Development of New Separation Technologies to Increase the Production Efficiency

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Acetic Acid Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Acetic Acid Market is growing at a CAGR of >5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Celanese Corporation, INEOS, Jiangsu SOPO (Group) Co., Ltd., Eastman Chemical Company or its subsidiaries, LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V. are the major companies operating in Acetic Acid Market.

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