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Formic Acid

Efficient Chemistry. Formic Acid.

A simple organic acid that is used in countless applications. It combines efficiency with minimal impact on the environment. At BASF, we create chemistry to deliver a whole new world of benefits to oil and gasdeicingindustrial cleaners and descalersanimal nutritionleather and textiles and other markets.

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  • Bleaching (wool, cotton, pulp & paper)
  • Coagulation of natural rubber
  • Epoxidizing agent for soybean oil
  • Flavors and fragrance
  • Fuel cells (hydrogen donor)
  • Heat transfer fluids (potassium formate)
  • Neutralization reactions (pH control)
  • Paint removal
  • Polyalcohols (process chemical)
  • Rust removal (metal industry)
  • Varroa mite control (bee miticide)
  • Water well rehabilitation
  • Wet flue gas desulfurization (FGD)

Why Formic Acid?

  • High performance efficiency
  • Low environmental impact


  • Dedicated plant in Geismar, Louisiana
  • Global history of quality and expertise
  • Concentrations: 85%, 90%, 95%, and 99%

BASF brings a world of experience and expertise in formic acid to all the Americas. We operate the only formic acid plant in the Americas to provide a completely integrated, viable and sustainable source for customers in North, Central and South America.

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“The opportunity to partner with BASF in producing new chemistries was a perfect one, which allowed us to leverage their new formic acid production facility and offer a deicer alternative to airports looking to minimize their environmental impact.”

Carla Potts

Business Manager of Nachurs Alpine Solutions