Vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) is used to produce a wide variety of useful products.

Adhesives VAM is a cost-effective raw material for a wide range of adhesive products. Polyvinyl acetate emulsions have excellent adhesion to a host of substrates, including metal, porcelain, wood and paper, and have advantages over butadiene-styrene latexes in being more color stable and odor-free.
Chemical Intermediates

VAM is widely used as molecular building blocks, or intermediates, due to its chemical structure and useful chemical functionality. It is also used as a monomer or co-monomer for a variety of polymers.

Coatings VAM is used extensively in coating formulations and as a monomer in the production of copolymers in textile and adhesive resins, as well as surface coatings. It is also widely used in water-based coatings.
Food VAM is a raw material used to make FDA compliant food-contact materials used in adhesives, printing inks, paper and paperboard coatings and can-end cements.
Plastics VAM is used in the manufacture of plastics. For example, it is co-polymerized with ethylene to form polymers for use in flexible films, wire and cable insulation and moldings. VAM is used to form acrylic fibers and is also converted to polyvinyl acetals, which are used for magnetic wire and inter-layers for safety glass.
Textiles Polymers made from VAM are used in fabric treatments, pigments and adhesives.

For more information about vinyl acetate monomer see Technical Information.