Evonik warns of polyamide 12 squeeze after Germany plant explosion

04 April 2012 19:13  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Evonik will likely experience substantial constraints in supplying certain polyamide 12 and C12 monomer products because of an explosion at a plant in Marl, Germany, over the weekend, the specialty chemicals major said on Wednesday.

The accident on Saturday, which resulted in the death of two workers, occurred at a plant making cyclododecatriene (CDT). CDT is used to make laurolactam which, in turn, is used as a monomer in polyamide 12 (PA12).

Evonik said the accident at the Marl chemical park affects its VESTAMID, VESTAMELT, VESTOSINT, and VESTENAMER product families.

“At the moment we still do not have any indication as to the full extent of the damage,” the company said in a statement.

“While we do expect there to be substantial constraints with respect to our ability to provide supplies of CDT-based products, we are nonetheless confident that we will be able to provide alternative solutions in the form of substitutes such as VESTAMID Terra,” it added.

The company did not say whether it had declared force majeure on customers.

Plastic parts made of PA12 are components in automobile production, the photovoltaic industry and offshore pipelines. Other PA12 applications include sporting-goods and household-goods. Evonik is a leading producer of PA12.

Evonik added that there will be no restrictions in its supplies of non-laurolactam-based high-performance polymers.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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