Evonik offers customers PA 12 substitutes to combat shortage

26 April 2012 15:46  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Evonik is offering its customers substitutes for polyamide 12 (or nylon 12) after an explosion at its cyclododecatriene (CDT) plant in March caused a major shortage, the Germany-based chemical producer said on Thursday.

Evonik said the materials offered feature technical properties that are comparable with those of polyamide 12 (PA 12) and have similar processability but will only be available in smaller volumes while the plant is being repaired.

The explosion, which resulted in the death of two workers, severely damaged the plant and reduced the world’s PA 12 capacity by 40%, leaving automotive customers scrambling to find alternatives. PA 12 is used to make automobile parts, such as fuel tanks, brake- and fuel-line coatings.

Several chemical companies have stepped in to help with the shortage, including US-based firms DuPont and INVISTIA.

Evonik said it hopes to fully repair its CDT plant at Marl chemical park, near Duisburg, Germany, by December 2012.

It added that the regulatory authorities are still investigating the cause of the incident.

By: Leigh Stringer
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