Acetone (propanone) is the organic compound with the formula (CH3)2CO. It is a colorless, volatile, flammable liquid, and is the simplest and smallest ketone. Acetone is miscible with water and serves as an important solvent in its own right, typically for cleaning purposes in laboratories.
Acetone is a powerful solvent that is used primarily in industrial and laboratory settings, but is safe enough for household applications such as removing nail polish. Acetone is currently produced from petrochemicals as a co-product of phenol, however there is a rich history of high purity acetone being made from the fermentation of sugars derived from corn and other agricultural products.
Acetone is a colorless, flammable liquid that evaporates easily. It is an organic compound because carbon atoms are present in acetone's chemical formula, which is (CH3)2O. It consists of three carbon atoms, six hydrogen atoms, and one oxygen atom. Acetone falls under the classification of ketones, which are organic compounds containing a carbonyl group bonded to two hydrocarbon groups.
The long-term outlook on the demand for acetone market remains positive, with acetone market value expected to increase at a CAGR of 5.0% during the forecast period (2016 – 2026). Acetone, also known as dimethyl ketone, is a colourless, clear, and volatile liquid mainly used as a chemical intermediate in the manufacture of bisphenol-A (BPA), methyl methacrylate (MMA), and aldol chemicals.
The global acetone industry is driven by the solvents sector, which represents 34% of global demand. Global solvent demand from acetone will continue to maintain a healthy growth rate through 2022. Methyl methacrylate (MMA) is the second-largest end use for acetone.
The acetone market is expected to witness a CAGR of approximately 3.56% during the forecast period, 2018-2023. The market is driven by many factors, such as dynamic economic development in Asia-Pacific and a positive demand for MMA from the electronics industry.
Acetone is a derivative of petroleum production and rising crude oil usage across the globe is anticipated to be an important driver for acetone market during the review period. Increasing pharmaceutical production and sales along with rising consumption of medicines is estimated to fuel the growth of the market. Furthermore, rapid urbanization coupled with increasing disposable income in emerging economies is predicted to propel the growth of the market during the assessment period, 2017 to 2023.