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 |  Apr 16 2012, 9:02 PM

An earthquake on March 31 caused an explosion at a Evonik Industries, a German manufacturing plant responsible for the largest supply of PA-12 resin, leading many automakers to wonder how it will affect immediate production.

PA-12 is a key material used to manufacture parts like gas tanks and brake components. Last week we reported that concern was growing about how the supply shortage might affect automakers, but it seems that concern grew significantly over the weekend.

Now, an emergency summit is scheduled to deal with the possible disaster. As many as 200 industry officials are expected to attend the meeting, which will occur in a suburban Detroit hotel.

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 |  Apr 13 2012, 4:38 PM

A blast at an Evonik Industries chemical plant that occurred on March 31 is resulting in a shortage of a resin used to make fuel and brake components.

The shortage in the PA-12 resin could cause an interruption of production for several automakers according to a letter written by TI Automotive chairman William Kozyra to customers. ”The possibility of production interruptions at some of your facilities in the next few weeks is high,” Kozyra said.

The explosion resulted in a “complete loss” of making Cyclododecatriene (CDT) that is a key element of the PA-12 resin. A summit is being held on April 17 that will involve automakers and large suppliers to discuss the shortage. The meeting will be moderated by the Automotive Industry Action Group.

[Source: Automotive News]