The main use of acetone, accounting for over a quarter of total consumption, is in the manufacture of acetone cyanohydrin, a feedstock for methyl methacrylate (MMA). The other major and fast growing derivative is bisphenol-A (BPA). Both MMA and BPA are feedstocks for the production of resins and plastics.

Other applications include higher molecular weight glycols and alcohols, MIBK and MIBC, for solvent applications (varnishes, lacquer, cellulose acetate fibre, cellulose nitrate, and as a carrier for acetylene in cylinders), and miscellaneous chemical uses (manufacture of pharmaceuticals and chloroform).

ICIS pricing quotes acetone in EuropeAsia-Pacific, India/Middle East, China and the US Gulf.

To find out more Acetone Methodology June 2013

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