Automakers and suppliers meet in Detroit over nylon 12 resin shortage

Article by Anita Panait, on April 20, 2012

Automakers and suppliers may not be able to immediately find alternatives to a shortage of resin, the main material used in producing brake- and fuel-system components, because of the component testing and approval processes involved, researchers at IHS Automotive have revealed. Over 200 executives from companies -- including General Motors Co., Toyota Motor Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG – attended a summit last Tuesday near Detroit to discuss finding alternatives for resin. There has been a current shortage for resin supply after a March 31 blast rocked Evonik Industries AG’s Marl plant in Germany. The explosion at the plant, which produces Cyclododecatriene, also called CDT, cut by half the global supply of the nylon 12 resin. To mitigate the effect of the nylon 12 shortage on production vehicles and associated components, officials created six technical committees for the job , according to Randi Berris, a spokeswoman for the Automotive Industry Action Group, which is hosting "multiple technical follow-up meetings" during the next few weeks to tackle the supply problem. According to IHS Automotive, the mood at the AIGP meeting was extremely serious and the executives have expressed significant concern over possible production disruptions in the component industry, with “obvious knock-on effects" for automakers.

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