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Web Date: April 19, 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 lines.

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

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