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What is butyl acetate

Butyl acetate has the alternate names n-butyl acetate, butyl ester, and butyl ethanoate. It appears naturally in fruits such as apples, and it creates the essence of flavors associated with those fruits. Butyl Acetate has numerous applications that serve a wide range of purposes. Brenntag North America partners with butyl acetate suppliers across the world to provide top-quality solvents and ingredients. Count on us to meet your needs for specialty distributed additives.

buy Various grades of butyl acetate and n-butyl acetate

  • Butyl Acetate GSO
  • N-Butyl Acetate
  • N-Butyl Acetate UG

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Industries That Use Butyl Acetate

Many industries use butyl acetate in manufacturing, including:

While butyl acetate is suitable for consumption in small amounts, it is powerful solvent in larger concentrations. The adhesives, coatings, construction, elastomers, and sealants markets use butyl acetate in coatings to moderate dry time and flow. You can also find butyl acetate in certain adhesive products, including adhesive used to package food.

Butyl acetate becomes a food-grade ingredient when it adheres to standards set by international organizations such as the EU. Due to the substance's naturally fruity taste, the food industry uses butyl acetate as a flavoring. It adds flavor to foods such as ice cream, candy, baked goods, and cheeses when used in small amounts. Food enhanced with n-butyl acetate has a taste reminiscent of apples and bananas.

In addition to having a distinct flavor, butyl acetate has a unique smell. Butyl acetate's fruity aroma suits household, industrial, and institutional cleaning products and personal care items and perfumes.

Cellophane producers sometimes use food-safe butyl acetate as a material in food-safe packaging. Cellophane that includes it may contain only 0.1 percent butyl acetate by weight or less.

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Chemical Property Information of Butyl Acetate

Butyl ethanoate (butyl acetate) has the chemical formula C6H12O2. You can find it in the form of a clear and colorless liquid soluble in water, alcohol and propylene glycol. It has a lighter density than water, and will on the surface of water. When in the form of a vapor, butyl ester/butyl acetate has a four times heavier density than air. When stored in a cool and dry place in a tightly sealed container, it can last 24 months or longer.

Butyl Acetate has a boiling point of 126.10 degrees Celsius and a melting point of -78 degrees Celsius. It also has a flash point of 25.56 degrees Celsius, making it a flammable substance. Butyl acetate ignites quickly by sparks, heat, and flames. The user must take care to keep it away from any heat sources and avoid breathing it in. While concentrated butyl acetate can irritate the skin and lungs, it causes no harm when ingested in recommended amounts.

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At Brenntag North America, we can provide individualized service to each of our customers thanks to our industry experts. We work with diverse industries in the life sciences, material sciences, and environmental fields.

To ensure that all of our clients have the utmost satisfaction, we assign them industry-specific account managers. These professionals keep track of industry trends and offer advice based on current knowledge of the market. Find your new business partner today by contacting us about our services.

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