MCA as essential raw material for:

  • cyanoacetic ester, a raw material for purines, cyanoacrylate adhesives and vitamin B6.
  • malonic esters, synthesized from SMCA and used in the preparation of barbituric acid, the basis of a wide range of barbiturate drugs.
  • phenoxyacetic acid, raw material for penicillin.
  • chloroacetylchloride, e.g. used in the production of pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals.
  • purines. The caffeine type purines are made from urea or its N-methyl derivatives and ethyl cyanoacetate.
  • glycines, used in the production of: pet food, flavoring agents, and pharmaceuticals (i.e. soluble aspirin).
  • dyestuffs such as indigo.
  • dimethoate, an important insecticide that is mainly used in tropical and subtropical climates.
  • ibuprofen, produced via the IPA-ester of MCA.
  • chloroacetamide, industrial preservative (biocide).