Global ethyl, butyl acetate demand expected to rebound

The worldwide consumption of ethyl acetate and butyl acetate is expected to rebound by 2008 as chemical manufacturers switch to these solvents to reduce the release of volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere, according to a study by Tecnon (UK) Ltd., London. The study predicts production of ethyl acetate will grow by 3.7%/year until 2008, and production of butyl acetate will grow by 1.4%/ year.Acetates Click here to enlarge imageIn the US, the consumption of ethyl acetate is increasing rapidly. One of the primary reasons for this growth is the increasing substitution of ethyl acetate for methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) as a solvent. In 1990, the US Environmental Protection Agency define...

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