Global Triacetate Cellulose Market: Overview

Triacetate cellulose market, also referred to as CTA or TAC, is manufactured from cellulose and acetate esters. It is used in the production of fibers and film base. The hydroxyl group of cellulose is chemically substituted for the carboxyl group. Therefore, its characteristics are quite different from cellulose. Triacetate cellulose market is chemical substance similar to cellulose acetate. The production of the triacetate cellulose entails complete acetylation of the cellulose. Under the usual cellulose acetate or cellulose diacetate, cellulose is only partially acetylated. Cellulose triacetate is significantly more heat resistant than cellulose acetate. This is one of the important differences between acetate and triacetate cellulose market.

Triacetate Cellulose is primarily used in high-performance membranes. Triacetate Cellulose is a plastic material manufactured from cellulose. Cellulose triacetate membrane has a homogeneous membrane structure. It can be produced with a wide range of permeability, from low-flux performance to super high-flux performance. Triacetate cellulose is used in the textile industry due to the following features: luxurious feel and appearance, wide range of colors and lusters, excellent drapability and softness, relatively fast drying, and shrink, moth and mildew resistance. Dyes used for triacetate cellulose textiles are not of the ordinary type as cotton or rayon. Triacetate cellulose market is formed through acetylation of cotton linters or wood pulp using acetic anhydride and an acid catalyst in acetic acid. Triacetate cellulose is susceptible to chemical attack by a number of household chemicals. It chemically reacts with strong acids and bases, and oxidizing bleaches.

Triacetate Cellulose is a polymer film derived from cellulose treated with an acetylating agent, which renders cellulose polymers more soluble in organic solvents. Triacetate cellulose fibers are similar in appearance to the regular-tenacity viscose rayons. Triacetates are moderately stiff fibers that possess good resiliency on bending and deformation, particularly after heat treatment. The abrasion resistance of triacetate cellulose is poor. These fibers cannot be used in applications requiring high resistance to rubbing and abrasion; however, the resistance of these fibers to pilling is excellent. Triacetate cellulose are moderately absorbent; their absorbencies cannot compare with pure cellulosic fibers. The hand of acetate fabrics is somewhat softer and more pliable than triacetate, which possesses a crisp firm hand.

Global Triacetate Cellulose Market: Key Segments

Based on application, the global triacetate cellulose market can be segmented into textile industry, coatings, membranes, and photographic film. Cellulose triacetate can be used to manufacture high-performance membranes characterized by well-defined pores for dialysis and reverse osmosis and is often combined with plasticizer and an ionophore for ion sensing and separation. The textile industry uses triacetate cellulose in the manufacturing of garments. The textile & apparel application segment is estimated to expand owing to the strong growth in the textile industry in developing countries such as China and India. Cellulose triacetate is also used in making protection films, which are utilized in liquid crystal displays, spectacle frames, and plastic handles.

In terms of region, the global triacetate cellulose market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America is the dominant region of the triacetate cellulose market, led by the high demand for membrane films in the region. North America is followed by Europe and Asia Pacific, respectively. This can be ascribed to the increase in demand for the textile and liquid crystal displays in these regions.

Global Triacetate Cellulose Market: Key Players

Key manufacturers operating in the triacetate cellulose market are Cayman Chemical, Merck KGaA, and Eastman Chemical Company.

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