A solution might be in sight for automakers panicking over the PA-12 resin shortage caused by a March 31 explosion German company Evonik’s production plant.
Wichita, Kan.-based Invista Inc. is running full-steam ahead to produce Cyclododecatriene (CDT), a key ingredient in the resin widely used to manufacture auto parts like gas tanks and brake components. According to research firm IHS Chemical, Invista is the only U.S. company that produces CDT, making it a hot date for any manufacturer able to jump in bed.
“We’re doing what we can to fill the immediate need,” said Jodie Stutzman, manager of business and external communications at Invista. “The CDT operations we have are running hard, and we’re working to make available as much of the material as possible right now.”
There’s no word on how long Invista can try to fill the gap, but it’s clear that a PA-12 shortage is commanding industry attention after almost 200 executives gathered last Tuesday in a Detroit suburb to discuss the issue.
Evonik has also said it is working with suppliers to re-establish production, though information about a projected restart isn’t available yet.
[Source: Automotive News]