Acetic Acid Market Intelligence


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  • What are the key trends in Acetic Acid category?
  • Am I paying the right price?
  • Am I working with the right supplier?
  • What are the major challenges and risks in Acetic Acid industry?
  • How is Acetic Acid industry performing?

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Report Coverage

  • Global Capacity–Demand Analysis
  • Global Trade Dynamics
  • Regional Market Snapshot-North America, Europe, Asia
  • Cost Structure Analysis

Production Size


4 Percent

Production Size North America

2.88 MMT

Production Size Europe

1.13 MMT

Table of contents

  1. Acetic Acid Executive Summary
  2. Supply Market Outlook
  3. Demand Market Outlook
  4. Industry Best Practices
  1. Acetic Acid Market Analysis
  2. Global Market Size: Acetic Acid
  3. Global Market Outlook
  4. Demand - Supply Trends and Forecast
  5. Key End-use Industries
  6. Trade Dynamics
  7. Regional Market Outlook (North America, EU, and Asia)
  8. Regional Market Snapshot
  9. Demand - Supply Trends and Forecast
  10. Trade Dynamics
  1. Acetic Acid Industry Analysis
  2. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
  3. Industry Drivers and Constraints
  4. Industry Events
  1. Acetic Acid Cost and Pricing Analysis
  2. Cost and Price Analysis
  3. Cost Structure Analysis
  4. Price Forecast Caustic Soda
  1. Acetic Acid Supplier Analysis
  2. Global Capacity Share by Suppliers
  3. Regional Capacity Share
  4. Exhaustive Supplier List
  5. Detailed Supplier Profiling and SWOT Analysis
  1. Acetic Acid Industry Best Practices
  2. Engagement Models and Role of IPROs

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Acetic Acid Market Analysis and Global Outlook

  • The global acetic acid market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4 percent during 2017–2022. The impetus for this growth comes from demand in Asia, which is expected to grow at 5–6 percent, due to anticipated growth in VAM and PTA segments
  • VAM demand is expected to be driven by the construction segment (3–4 percent CAGR) and PTA to be driven by PET (4–5 percent CAGR) for the next 4–5 years
  • Major acetic acid supply share include : North America: 16 percent, EU: 6 percent, Asia: 70 percent.
  • The new challenges/opportunities: New methanol capacities in Asia to improve acetic acid operating rates. Imports from the Middle East to be diverted to
    Europe from Asia.
  • Acetic acid price outlook (Q1 2019 vs. Q4 2018) North America: (6–8) percent, EU: (2–3) percent, Asia: (14–16) percent decrease.
  • Key acetic acid demand drivers VAM: 3–4 percent CAGR and PTA: 5–6 percent CAGR.



Demand Market Outlook

  • The global acetic acid market supply–demand gap is expected to regain balance, as nominal capacity additions are planned in the next five years against the growing demand.

Industry Best Practices

Engagement Models
Engagement Preferences 

  • North America: Spot market
  • Europe: Contracts
  • Asia: Both spot market and contracts

Role of IPROs
Assessment by IPROs

  • Consumers of above 10–100 KMT/year are considered for the assessment of contract prices, while transactions for cargos of 1–2 KMT/year are used for spot price assessments.

Pricing Structure

  • North America: Demand dynamics play a major role in setting the acetic acid prices
  • Europe:Methanol contract prices are used to arrive at acetic prices
  • Asia: Methanol spot price movements are the base to set both spot and contract price movements of acetic acid

Global Capacity–Demand Analysis

  • Current Market Scenario – Supply Market: Currently, a tight supplied market owing to production woes will ease out post 2018 as considerable amount of capacities are confirmed to be added in Asia. Once the supply disruptions are sorted out the market may return to balance
  • Key Trends in Downstream Demand: Demand growth expected for the next two years is positive especially demand will strong from the PET sector in Asia

Market Outlook  

  • Capacity Dynamics: After the permanent closure of CPDC's Kaohsiung acetic acid plant of 160 KMT/year in 2015, global acetic acid capacity reached 17.8 MMT/year (inclusive of idle capacity of 1.24 MMT/year). Operating rates are at 70 percent lows and expected to increase above 95 percent levels by 2021, due to minimal capacity additions being outpaced by the growing demand
  • Capacity Additions: A 150 KMT/year addition by Celanese in the US and 66 KMT/year addition by Assam Petrochemicals Ltd - (APL) in India are expected by 2017. Plans for ~4 MMT/year of capacity additions are in prefeasibility stage in Asia, which are yet to materialize

Market Overview

The acetic acid market is moderately fragmented, with 40 active and 13 idle suppliers across the globe. The world’s largest capacity is of 1,400 KMT/year installed in China by Jiangsu Sopo Group. The US acetic acid prices witnessed a decreasing trend during Q4 2018, due to downtrend in upstream methanol prices. European acetic acid prices witnessed a decreasing trend during Q4 2018. Acetic acid prices increased during Oct, as supply was constrained due to plant shutdowns in China. The anticipation of grim outlook in natural gas prices in the Americas is expected to favor methanol production at significantly lesser cost, in turn, protect the margins of acetic acid producers. End-use segment growth and market transparency at every node of value chain are the industry drivers.

Why You Should Buy This Report

This report gives insight into best industry practices, acetic acid demand and supply trends, imports, exports and regional market outlook. It provides an overview of the industry drivers and constraints and Porter’s five force analysis of North America, Asia and Europe. The report provides insight into major industry events and innovations, provides the acetic acid cost structure analysis and acetic acid market price forecast. It gives an exhaustive suppliers list and does a SWOT analysis of major players like Jiangsu Sopo Group, BP Chemicals, Chang Chun Petrochemical Co., Ltd., etc.

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