BASF’s customers, including tanners, use formic acid and mixtures containing formic acid in multiple applications. In animal nutrition, these products serve to improve feed hygiene and digestion, and as a result allow food of animal origin to be produced in a particularly ecoefficient manner. Formic acid removes paints and rust from metallic surfaces and scale from kettles and boilers. In breweries and wineries it disinfects kegs, casks and barrels; applied as an auxiliary in the pharmaceutical and crop protection industry it regulates pH values; in cleaning it acts as a dirt remover and disinfectant.

BASF is the world’s leading producer of formic acid, with production plants in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Nanjing, China.