1. History of CA and evolution of the markets



An overlook is given of the 100 years of technical, industrial and chemical development of cellulose acetate. CA has been used as raw material in the fields of laquer, plastics, textile, Filter Tow, film, membrane and others. In the field of applications for plastics and textiles CA was quite successful for many years, but was then slowly substituted by other polymers. Total cellulose acetate demand is growing, especially for Filter Tow in cigarettes filters and film for polarisers in LCD-displays.