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Formic Acid
Formic acid is a pungent, colorless liquid that is derived from the Latin word formica, which means ant because the acid occurs naturally in them.
In the 15th Century alchemists and naturalists realized that anthills gave off acidic vapors. The first person to describe the isolation of formic acid by the distillation of large numbers of ants was the English naturalist John Ray in 1671.
Formic acid has a lot of unique uses including:
1. Livestock antibacterial and preservative
Formic acid reduces the loss of nutritional value in feed and also stops certain decay processes from occurring. It can also kill Escherichia coli (E. coli) in poultry feed.
2. Production of leather
Formic acid is used in the production of leather in the tanning, dyeing and finishing of textile. It is used during the pickling process to lower the pH of the hides or skins.
3. Production of rubber
The use of formic acid is a cost-efficient way to produce consistent high-quality natural rubber products.
4. Cleaning formulations
Formic acid formulations are low-cost and effective descalers and antibacterial agents for domestic areas such as bathroom surfaces and industrial items such as equipment and tanks.
5. Road de-icing agent
Formates derived from formic acid are being used in certain areas of Europe to increase the gripping ability of cars and planes on slippery and icy roads. According to Acidpedia, these salts are more effective and more environmentally friendly than traditional salt treatments. They work by lowering the freezing point of water which causes ice and snow to melt.

Agrathane 530 is a two-component polyurethane that provides an excellent barrier against formic acid. Agrathane delivers excellent appearance and also provides chemical resistance to acids, caustics, gasoline and other hydrocarbons.
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