US DuPont sees sales upturn of nylon 12 alternatives for autos

14 June 2012 18:54  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-headquartered DuPont is seeing a pick-up in sales of alternatives to nylon 12 for automotive applications as a result of an outage at a competitor’s plant, a company executive said on Thursday.

DuPont performance polymers president Diane Gulyas said the company had already been working on alternatives to nylon 12 for two years.
Nylon 12 is used in the production of automotive items such as air brakes, but there are only three suppliers of the material globally, she said at the Deutsche Bank Global Industrials and Basic Materials Conference.

A deadly explosion in April at an Evonik nylon 12 feedstock plant in Marl, Germany, caused auto makers to scramble for alternatives.

Evonik has said it is working to get the plant back on line by December.

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for the automotive industry accelerated the qualification of alternatives, such as nylon 6, 12, Gulyas said.

As a result, “We are now seeing more sales coming our way and are quite happy to do so,” she said.

Revenue growth for alternatives is expected to increase as nylon 12 inventories are depleted, she said, adding that the outage has had no impact on automotive production in the US.

Additional reporting by Bobbie Clark

By: Brian Ford
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