Acetic acid is primarily used as a raw material for the manufacture of vinyl acetate (VAM). It is used as a reaction promoter in terephthalic acid production and is also a raw material for cellulose acetate, acetate esters, acetic anhydride, chloroacetic acid and a wide range of industrial synthesis.

Acetic acid (synthetic) (СН3СООН) is produced by a method of carbonization from methanol and carbonic oxide on rhodic catalyst, used for the production of salts and esters, acetic anhydride, acetyl chloride, coloring agents, insecticides, as lacquer and paint solvents, and also as latex coagulator.Main technical characteristics

Main specificationsNormal values for the grade
AppearanceColorless, transparent liquid free from suspended matter
Water solubilityComplete, transparent solution
Mass fraction of acetic acid, %, no less than99.5
Mass fraction of acetaldehyde, %, no more than0.004
Mass fraction of formic acid, %, no more than0.05
Mass fraction of sulphates (SO4), %, no more than0.0003
Mass fraction of chlorides (CI), %, no more than0.0004
Mass fraction of the heavy metals precipitated by hydrogen sulphide (Pb), %, no more than0.0004
Mass fraction of iron (Fe), %, no more than0.0004
Mass fraction of non-volatile residue, %, no more than0.004
Dyeing stability of potassium permanga­nate solution, in minutes, no less than60
Mass fraction of the substances, oxidizing by potassium dichromate, cm³of sodium thiosulfate solution with a level of the concentration (Na2SO3*5H2O) = 0.1 moles/dm³, (0.1n), no more than5.0
Test with sulfuric acidShould pass the test

Acetic acid is a flammable liquid. Acetic acid burns the skin on contact. Vapors irritate the mucous coating of respiratory passages. Acetic acid solutions with 30% concentration and stronger causes burns at skin contact.


Acetic acid is transported in clean rail tank cars with stainless steel inside surface, equipped with overhead discharge and self-heated system or in “thermos” -typed rail tank cars by railway and in special chemicals vessels with stainless steel tanks by sea.


Shelf life – 1 year from the date of production.


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