Nylon Shortage Threatens Automakers | April 23, 2012 Issue - Vol. 90 Issue 17 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 90 Issue 17 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: April 23, 2012

Nylon Shortage Threatens Automakers

Supply Chain: A plant fire in Germany could slow car production in Detroit
Department: Business
Keywords: automotive, shortage, fire, nylon 12

Auto industry executives convened a special meeting in Troy, Mich., last week to discuss how to deal with a shortage of nylon 12 stemming from a fire last month at an Evonik Industries plant in Marl, Germany. Nylon 12 is a long-chain polyamide used in automotive fuel and brake lines.

On March 31, two workers were killed by an explosion and fire at the Evonik plant, which makes cyclo­dodecatriene (CDT), a key . . .

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