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Vinyl Acetate Based Polymers

September 1, 2015 03:38 PM

Vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) is a critical building block for a number of water-based polymers. Vinyl acetate monomer is low cost, easy to use, globally traded, and readily available.

The major families of products fall into:

  • Polyvinyl acetate homopolymer – produced using only vinyl acetate monomer in the presence of PVOH and/or cellulosic stabilizers.
  • Vinyl acetate ethylene emulsion – a copolymer of vinyl acetate and ethylene, providing improved adhesion, water resistance, and flexibility.
  • Vinyl acrylic latex – a copolymer of vinyl acetate and most commonly butyl acrylate providing improved water resistance and flexibility.


  • Cost
  • Low VOC
  • High viscosity
  • Adhesion to common substrates

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Learn about the five families of synthetic polymer emulsions and how to choose the right emulsion polymer for your application.

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