JAPAN DISASTER: GM to resume auto production at US plant

25 March 2011 22:21  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US automaker General Motors (GM) will resume production at its plant in Shreveport, Louisiana, on 28 March, following a shutdown caused by a shortage of Japanese parts, the company said on Friday.

GM had closed the plant on 21 March.

Automobiles are a large end market for materials such as polypropylene (PP); nylon; acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS); polyurethane flexible foam; synthetic rubber; and paints and coatings.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) estimates that each automobile contains an average of $2,700 (€1,917) worth of chemicals.

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan shut down several plants, threatening supply chains around the world.

($1 = €0.71)

By: Al Greenwood
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