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Acetic Acid

Acetic acid (also known as ethanoic acid) is a popular commodity chemical with applications across chemical production, paints production, cleaning, food production and pharmaceuticals.


Acetic acid is a clear solution with a distinctive, vinegar-like odour. It is classified as a weak acid but can be corrosive in concentrate form. Our acetic acid is available in a range of pack sizes and strengths, including glacial.

The biggest market sector for acetic acid is in the production of vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), which is used to create paints and adhesives.

It is a biodegradable organic compound, also often used as an eco-friendly microbial agent for cleaning, descaling and rust removal.

CAS Number
Ethanoic acid, ethylic acid, vinegar acid, methane carboxylic acid
40%, 60%, 80%, 100% (glacial)
25L, 200L, 1000L, bulk transfer
Chemical formula


Industrial Ingredients

• Production of other chemicals (like vinyl acetate monomer, acetic anhydride and cellulose acetate)

Cleaning Chemicals & Detergents

• Detergent and descaler in industrial and household cleaning agents and disinfectants

Food Additives

• Food grade acetic acid is used in vinegar, salad dressings and other condiments
• As a preservative and for pickling

Textile Chemicals & Dyes

• Production of synthetic fibres, adhesives, sealants, coatings, paints and inks
• Leather tanning and a buffer in dyeing and finishing processes

Oil & Gas

• Used in the role of solvent in chemical reactions

Healthcare Chemicals

• Production of pharmaceuticals
• Sterilisation and wound care in medical settings


• Occasionally in pesticide and herbicide production

Water Treatment

• Neutralising agent for wastewater


• Production of plastics and polymers, rubber, acetate fibres, perfumes and photographic chemicals

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We are a leading, award-winning UK supplier of acetic acid. With over 50 years’ experience, our privately-owned distribution allows us to offer our customers quick, safe and secure delivery.

Please note: We are unable to sell chemicals to members of the public.


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