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  • Vinyl acetate, also known as VAM for vinyl acetate monomer, has the chemical formula CH3COOCH=CH2 and is a colorless liquid with a sweet flavor. Systematic names include 1-acetoxyethylene and acetic acid ethenyl ester.
  • The usual method of preparation is by reaction of ethylene and acetic acid with oxygen and a palladium catalyst. It can be polymerized, either by itself to make polyvinyl acetate or with other monomers to prepare copolymers such as ethylene-vinyl acetate. Vinyl Acetate is miscible with organic solvents such as hydrocarbons, alcohols, ketones and esters. It is miscible with water at 20°C in the composition ranges 0-2% mass and 99-100% mass.
  • Vinyl acetate monomer is a chemical building block used to manufacture a wide variety of polymers including: polyvinyl acetate; polyvinyl alcohol; polyvinyl acetals; ethylene vinyl acetate copolymers; and, ethylene vinyl alcohol.
  • Several processes are used to manufacture Vinyl acetate commerically. These include:
    Acetic acid addition to acetylene
    Acetic acid addition to ethylene
    Acetic anhydride-acetaldehyde reaction
  • Addition of acetic acid to acetylene is the oldest manufacturing process and is still used. Oxidative addition of acetic acid to ethylene in the presence of a palladium catalyst is the most widely used method for vinyl acetate manufacture. Both the liquid phase and vapour phase processes are used.
  • A new process to manufacture Viny Acetate Monomer could offer capital cost savings of upto 30%, reports BP Chemicals (UK). Dubbed `leap', the process replaces the fixed bed reactors currently in use with a more efficient fluidised bed system. Existing plants can be retrofitted and debottlenecked.
  • Vinyl acetate is used in the production of various polymers and copolymers used in the commercial production of different adhesives, laminate films and paints. The synthesis of vinyl acetate is typically carried out via the oxyacetylation of ethylene over Pd/Au supported
    over silica.VAM should continue to grow at about 1.9 percent per
  • VEOVA Monomers are mainly used with vinyl acetate and acrylate monomers in the production of polymeric binders for coatings and for cement mortar additives. These are usually water-based, but solvent-borne VEOVA based polymers and powders can also be produced.
  • VEOVA copolymerises readily and randomly with vinyl acetate at high steadystate conversion levels. Batch reproducibility is good, reactor fouling is minimal and hence, cleaning costs and down-time are low. VEOVA latices are easily formulated into emulsion paints because of their good shear stability and compatibility with other raw materials. The shelf life of VEOVA based emulsion paints is very good, because of good hydrolytic stability, resulting in low pH and low viscosity drift.
  • DuPont recently signed definitive agreements with the Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) to license DuPont technology for a new vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) manufacturing plant to be located in the Jubail Industrial City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. DuPont will provide its VAM technology under license and provide technical assistance for the Sipchem VAM facility.
  • Demand for VAM weakened greatly in 2001 in concert with the weakened US economy, as most VAM end markets (adhesives, paints, paper, and textiles) are directly effected by the general economic conditions. Run away natural gas cost have caused sharp rises in prices of acetic acid and ethylene over the past two years. Consequently, current margins cannot justify reinvestment within the near future. Any capacity additions in the US are more likely to be through debottlenecking rather than via new greenfield projects.
 General Information
  • Vinyl Acetate Monomer
  • Vinyl Acetate Council
  • Chemical Sampling Information: Vinyl Acetate
  • Chemical Database of Vinyl Acetate
  • Poly ethylene-co-vinyl acetate

Production and Processing

  • Manufacturing Process of Vinyl Acetate Monomer
  • Synthesis of Vinyl Acetate Monomer from Synthesis Gas
  • Process for the generation of vinyl acetate monomer
  • Development of the Next Generation Vinyl Acetate Monomer
  • Nonlinear Dynamic Model of a Vinyl Acetate Monomer Process
  • Production Process of Vinyl Acetate Monomer

Functions and Properties

  • Optimizing Control of Emulsion Polymerization Processes with Evaporative Cooling
  • Emulsion Polymerization of Vinyl Acetate
  • Graft Polymerization of Vinyl Acetate onto Silica
  • Polymerizations of Vinyl Acetate in Solution
  • UV Curable Monomers Properties

Company Profiles

  • Celanese
  • Denka
  • Dow
  • Japan VAM & Poval Co., Ltd.
  • Lyondell
  • Millennium Inorganic Chemicals
  • Nippon Gohsei
  • Saudi International Petrochemical Company


  • Expert in Vinyl Acetate
  • Gheewala Manpower Consultants
  • Jacob Matthan
  • Ockerbloom & Company Inc.
  • Probe Economics, Inc.,
  • SRI Consulting
  • Tecnon OrbiChem


  • Uses of Vinyl Acetate Monomer
  • Application of Vinyl Acetate Monomer
  • Vinyl Acetate Monomer in Drinking Water
  • End Use Applications of Vinyl Acetate
  • Applications and Advantages of Vinyl Acetate Monomer
  • Melamine-formaldehyde resin and vinyl acetate blends for use as adhesives in engineered flooring
  • Surfactants Applications for Industrial


  • Process for recovery of vinyl acetate
  • Vinyl acetate purification process
  • Enzymatic hydrolysis of a polymer comprising vinyl acetate monomer
  • Method for producing vinyl acetate monomer
  • Production of vinyl acetate monomer
  • Process and apparatus for improved methods for making vinyl acetate monomer
  • Ultra high solids vinyl acetate-ethylene emulsions
  • Analysis of vinyl acetate

Material Safety Data Sheet and Product

  • Vinyl Acetate
  • Usg SheetRock
  • Vinyl Acetate Monomer
  • International Chemical Safety Cards for Vinyl Acetate Monomer
  • Chronic Toxicity Summary
  • WILSONARTŪ 3100 Adhesive Series
  • BJA Cap Cusion
  • FPS Cold Weather
  • Safety data for vinyl acetate
  • A-CŪ Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate Copolymers
  • Vinyl Acetate Monomer Product List
  • New Technology for Vinyl Acetate Monomer
  • Kinetics of Cellulose Grafting with Vinyl Acetate Monomer
  • Grafting of Industrial Cellulose Pulp with Vinyl acetate Monomer by Ceric Ion Redox System as Initiator
  • Vinyl Acetate Monomer for Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Cleaner Technology
  • Dispersion Polymers Technology and Application
  • Telomerization of vinyl acetate(VAc) in chloroform


  • Commercial production of vinyl acetate monomer
  • DuPont License Vinyl Acetate Monomer Technology
  • European Chemicals Bureau
  • Vinyl Acetate Market
  • Monomer Market Report
  • Tecnon Orbichem Market


  • Risk Assessment Report on Vinyl Acetate
  • Vinyl Acetate Monomer Dynamic and Static Fluorescence Studies
  • Petrochemical Report
  • Nippon Annual Report 2006
  • Millennium Chemicals announces vinyl acetate monomer price increase in Asia/Pacific region
  • Vinyl Acetate Monomer price report
  • Toxicological Profile for Vinyl Acetate

Plant and Project

  • BP Chemicals Plant
  • Uhde Vinyl Acetate Monomer Producing Plant
  • Celanese to Construct World-Scale Vinyl Acetate Monomer Plant in China
  • Vinyl Acetate Monomer Projects
  • Effective Catalysts on Basis for Gas Phase Synthesis of Vinyl Acetate Monomer

Manufacturers, Suppliers

  • Vinyl Acetate Monomer Suppliers List
  • Vinyl Acetate Monomer Suppliers Directory
  • Indian Manufacturers of Vinyl Acetate Monomer
  •  Manufacturers of Vinyl Acetate Monomer 
  • Exporters of Vinyl Acetate Monomer
  • Trade Leads of Vinyl Acetate Monomer
  • Sellers of Vinyl Acetate Monomer
  • Vinyl Acetate Monomer Selling Leads
  • Vinyl Acetate Monomer Suppliers
  • Vinyl Acetate Monomer Exporters
  • Tower Trade Corporation
  • Ultimate Chem India Pvt Ltd


  • Vinyl Acetate Monomer Buyers
  • Trade Leads of Vinyl Acetate Monomer
  • Foreign buyers of Vinyl Acetate Monomer 
  • Indian Importers of Vinyl Acetate Monomer 
  • Importers of Vinyl Acetate Monomer 
  • Vinyl Acetate Monomer  Buyers List

 Safety and Guides

  • Canadian Act About Vinyl Acetate
  • Initiation of Anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of  Vinyl Acetate Monomer
  • Safety and Health Guidelines for Vinyl Acetate Monomer
  • FAQ 's About Vinyl Acetate Monomer

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