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Butyl Acrylate price index

This post is a summary of the Butyl acrylate price developments. The price developments of Butyl acrylate are expressed in US$ prices converted FX rates applicable at the time when the price was valid. Butyl acrylate price index developments are calculated from multiple separate sources of data to ensure statistical accuracy.

The outlook for Butyl acrylate prices, on the second tab, is generated from different inputs including:

  • Very recent price developments of immediate cost drivers of Butyl acrylate prices
  • Recent price developments of underlying feedstocks which drive the price of Butyl acrylate
  • Market futures for both cost drives and feedstocks of Butyl acrylate prices
  • Adjustment of current supply/demand imbalances in the Butyl acrylate market
  • Longer term trends in likely demand conditions

Further information on the Butyl Acrylate price index

 

What is Butyl acrylate

Butyl acrylate is a chemical compound with the formula C6H10O2. It is a colorless liquid with a sweet, pungent smell and is highly flammable. Butyl acrylate is used as a monomer in the production of polymers and resins, and as a feedstock for the production of other chemicals.

Butyl acrylate is produced by the esterification of butanol with acrylic acid. It is used in a variety of applications, including:

Monomer

Butyl acrylate is used as a monomer in the production of polymers and resins, such as polyacrylate and polybutyl acrylate. These polymers are used in a variety of applications, including coatings, adhesives, and sealants.

Feedstock

Butyl acrylate is used as a feedstock for the production of a variety of chemicals, including 2-ethylhexanol and butyl acetate.

Other uses

Butyl acrylate is also used in the production of flavors, fragrances, and other products.

It is worth noting that butyl acrylate is toxic and can cause irritation to the skin, eyes, and respiratory system. It should be handled with caution and used in a well-ventilated area.

 

How is Butyl acrylate produced

Butyl acrylate, also known as butyl 2-propenoate, is produced by the esterification of butanol with acrylic acid. The esterification reaction typically involves the following steps:

Preparation of the reactants

Butanol and acrylic acid are obtained from petroleum or natural gas and are purified for use in the esterification reaction.

Esterification

The butanol and acrylic acid are mixed and heated in the presence of a catalyst, such as sulfuric acid, to promote the esterification reaction. The reaction produces butyl acrylate and water as byproducts.

Separation and purification

The butyl acrylate is then separated from the other products of the reaction, typically by distillation. The butyl acrylate is then purified and concentrated to give the final product.

The esterification of butanol and acrylic acid is an exothermic reaction, which means that it releases heat as it proceeds. The reaction is typically carried out at a controlled temperature to optimize the yield of butyl acrylate.

 

What is Butyl acrylate used for

Butyl acrylate is a chemical compound that is used in a variety of applications, including:

Monomer

Butyl acrylate is used as a monomer in the production of polymers and resins, such as polyacrylate and polybutyl acrylate. These polymers are used in a variety of applications, including coatings, adhesives, and sealants.

Feedstock

Butyl acrylate is used as a feedstock for the production of a variety of chemicals, including 2-ethylhexanol and butyl acetate.

Flavors and fragrances

Butyl acrylate is used in the production of flavors and fragrances for a variety of applications, including food, beverages, and personal care products.

Other uses

Butyl acrylate is also used in the production of plastics, resins, and other products.

 

What different types of Butyl acrylate are there

There is only one type of butyl acrylate, also known as butyl 2-propenoate, which is a chemical compound with the formula C6H10O2. It is a colorless liquid with a sweet, pungent smell and is highly flammable. Butyl acrylate is used as a monomer in the production of polymers and resins, and as a feedstock for the production of other chemicals.

There may be variations in the purity or quality of butyl acrylate depending on its intended use and the production method used. For example, butyl acrylate used as a monomer may be purified to a higher degree than butyl acrylate used as a feedstock for the production of other chemicals.

 

How big is the Butyl acrylate market

The global butyl acrylate market is valued at billions of dollars and is expected to continue to grow in the coming years due to the increasing demand for butyl acrylate as a monomer in the production of polymers and resins, and as a feedstock for the production of other chemicals. The Asia-Pacific region is the largest market for butyl acrylate, followed by North America and Europe.

The demand for butyl acrylate is driven by a number of factors, including the increasing use of butyl acrylate as a monomer in the production of coatings, adhesives, and sealants, and the growing use of butyl acrylate as a feedstock for the production of chemicals, such as 2-ethylhexanol and butyl acetate.

According to https://oec.world/ :

Acrylic acid esters are the world’s 1108th most traded product.

In 2020, the top exporters of Acrylic acid esters were Germany ($342M), United States ($318M), China ($246M), Belgium ($205M), and France ($179M).

In 2020, the top importers of Acrylic acid esters were India ($232M), Belgium ($175M), United States ($158M), Germany ($145M), and Turkey ($132M).

 

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