Ammonium Acetate: Application in the Rubber Foam Industry

Ammonium Acetate is a white crystalline solid at room temperature and is highly hygroscopic in nature. It has both weak acid and weak base properties, making it useful in a plethora of industries.

One such widespread use of Ammonium Acetate is in the Rubber Foam Industry. In rubber latex production, Ammonium Acetate is used as a gelling or foaming agent, which serves to trap air bubbles within the latex while it is being set. This makes it useful primarily in the manufacture of foam rubber compounds as opposed to more solid types of industrial-strength rubber.

Foam rubber is widely used in packaging and insulation, as well as for decorative hats and costumes, or as durable sponge-like sports equipment and cushioning materials used in couches, beds, and chairs.

Foam rubber can be made from a suitable compounded vulcanizable rubber latex. First the latex is foamed, and suitably shaped and gelled, and then vulcanized. The various agents that may be used for effecting gelling include delayed-action gelling agents such as Sodium Silicofiuoride, and combinations of Zinc Oxide with Ammonium Acetate.

Advantages over no-gel foam:

It has higher mechanical qualities and water resistance, with the possibility to compress the foam layer (before vulcanization) for embossed good foam structure and surface.

Ammonium Acetate has its applications in various industries such as Pharmaceutical, Polymer, Dyes, Food and many more. A detailed look into the specs and uses of Ammonium Acetate manufactured by Sampan Enterprises can be found at

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