Calcium acetate is an organic salt of calcium and acetic acid. It is also known as lime acetate, brown acetate, or vinegar salt. Calcium acetate is a white, odorless, hygroscopic (in anhydrous form) crystalline solid that is soluble in water and insoluble in solvents such as ethanol, acetone, and benzene. Calcium acetate is commonly available in hydrate forms. The anhydrous form tends to crystallize in the presence of moist air. Calcium acetate is supplied in industrial grade and pharmaceutical grade formulations in the market. It has low to zero toxicity; however, prolonged exposure to skin and eyes or inhalation of dust may cause irritation. Calcium acetate releases highly flammable acetone gas when burned.
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Calcium acetate is primarily used as phosphate binder for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia (a condition where in a subject’s phosphate level in blood rise higher than the normal level) in the pharmaceutical industry. Calcium acetate is also used as an ingredient in anti-epileptic drugs and as laboratory reagent in the pharmaceutical industry. Furthermore, it is employed in the manufacture of lubricants, printing inks, resins, soaps, carbon black, among others, in the chemical industry. Calcium acetate is used in wastewater treatment plants in industrial and municipal facilities. It is also employed as a concrete accelerator in the building &construction industry. Calcium acetate is also used as a blowing agent by PVC foam manufacturers.
The calcium acetate market is primarily driven by high demand in pharmaceutical and water treatment applications. However, easy availability of substitutes for similar applications in the chemical industry might hamper market growth. Expanding industrial economies in Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Africa are expected to offer opportunities for growth of the calcium acetate market, especially in construction and...