Design and control studies for production of 2-ethylhexyl acrylate have not been reported in literature. In this work we develop three solid-based catalytic processes: two conventional reaction-separation-recycle systems employing a tubular fixed bed reactor and conventional distillation equipment, and one reactive-distillation based process. All processes are controllable, the plantwide control system showing robustness when production capacity changes or the fresh reactants get impurified. Among the three processes, the reactive-distillation is much more attractive. It has by far a smaller footprint and uses about 85% less heating requirements.