Airedale Chemical Acetic Acid is an astringent and antimicrobial agent that refers to a crude compound. Its chemical formula is CH3CO2H and is classified as a weak acid however in its concentrated form can be corrosive.

Acetic Acid is a colourless solution with a distinctive sour taste and pungent smell. We are an Acetic Acid supplier and can facilitate orders including 25 litre, 200 litre, 1000 litre and bulk transfer including strengths of 40%, 60%, 80% and glacial. We are also an Acetic Acid distributor, covering the UK, Europe and Ireland with our dedicated distribution fleet of vehicles.  Acetic Acid is produced by natural fermentation, however the vast majority of the Acid used by industry today is produced from the carbonylation of Methanol. This chemical reaction takes Methanol and reacts it with Carbon Monoxide using a catalyst to produce Acetic Acid.

Current production capacity is estimated to be around 19 million tonnes with demand sitting around 13 million tonnes, the major expansion over the last 10 years has been new capacity added in China. However the growth in new plants has plateaued. Demand going forward is expected to increase moderately leading to better utilisation rates on existing plants, the main drivers for increased demand are VAM production and PTA production. Acetic Acid is used as a primary component in the manufacture of Peracetic Acid.

Other names: Ethanoic Acid, Ethylic Acid, Glacial Acetic Acid



Strength: 40%,60%,80%,Glacial,

This product is available in the following sizes

  • 25L Drum
  • 200L Drum
  • 1000L Container
  • Bulk Transfer


Detergent & Cleaning

Acetic Acid in its diluted state holds various applications within household detergents including descaling agents

Food & Beverage

Acetic Acid is widely used as a preservative – the process recognised as being ‘Pickling’ and commonly used in Vinegar.


Diluted Acetic Acid is used in Physical Therapy

Oil & Gas

Acetic Acid is also used as a solvent for various other chemical reactions. wibble

Plastics & Polymers

Often used as a solvent commonly in the manufacture of rubber, plastics, acetate fibres, pharmaceuticals and photographic chemicals.

One of its largest uses is the production of Vinyl Acetate monomer

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