Formic is a the simplest carboxylic acid and is an important intermediate.
Formic acid is produced multiple ways, but primarily as a by-product of acetic acid production, but also on purpose from carbon dioxide and methanol. The primary application is animal feed/silage (34%) and leather tanning (32%), textiles (13%), and pharmaceuticals (9%) as well as insecticides/pesticides, food and drink preservatives, and drilling fluids.
Up Stream Materials/Building Blocks:
Acetic Acid (co- product)
Down Stream Materials Consuming Formic Acid:
Steel production (acid cleaning)
By products: Ammonium Sulfate
Co-prouduct: Acetic Acid