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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.
Problems with a parts supplier have caused the GM assembly plant of the Chevrolet Cruze and its identical brother, Buick Verano, to experiences stoppages in the past 3 weeks, one of which was a one-week planned shutdown and another one that wasn’t planned at all.
According to GM spokesman Tom Mock, GM’s Lordtown, Ohio assembly plant are currently working hard to solve the issue but will not predict when Cruze and Verano production will resume. Unlike the Cruze, however, GM spokeswoman Kim Carpenter confirmed that Buick Veranos are still made at its Orion assembly plant in suburban Detroit dispute an adjustment in model mix.
Since it’s September 2010 launch, Chevrolet’s compact sedan has become GM’s top-selling car, accounting for 215,057 U.S. sales this year through November. This also earned the Cruze its #2 position in the compact market, behind 219,250 units of Toyota Corolla and Matrix sold.
While GM hasn’t commented on the parts that are causing the production stoppage, sources revealed that a shortage of struts and suspension components are to blame.