Acetate tow, or cellulose acetate tow, is a kind of man-made fiber which made up of cellulose and acetic anhydride under catalytic esterification in sulfuric acid. The structural formula can be expressed as: [(C6H7O2)(OOCCH3)x(OH)3-x]n. When x=2.4 it stand for cellulose acetate which actic acid content is 54.8%. Acetate tow is not easy to catch fire, so it can equally be used in a series of applications like cigarette filters and felt-tips as well as for the controlled release of substances such as air fresheners and perfume dispensers.
Acetate tow production, which measures output worldwide, was expected to reach 662 k tons in 2016 with a drop of -2.83% from its year-earlier level. The global acetate tow market size is estimated to decline from USD 4415.41 million in 2011 to USD 4235.14 million by 2016, at an estimated CAGR of -0.8% between 2011 and 2016. The decrease is due mainly to the continuing declines in the global demand for cigarette products.
The global acetate tow market report profiles some of the key technological developments in the recent times. It also profiles some of the leading players in the market and analyzes their key strategies. The competitive landscape section of the report provides a clear insight into the market share analysis of key industry players. The major players in the global acetate tow market are Eastman, Celanese, Nantong Cellulose, Solvay, Daicel, Zhuhai Cellulose, Kunming Cellulose, Huida Chemical, ESFC, Xi'an Daan, etc.