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Chemical Companies Look to Fill Nylon-12 Supply Gap

4:30 PM MDT | April 30, 2012 | —Vincent Valk and Natasha Alperowicz

Auto: Other materials could be used to replace nylon-12 in the supply chain, producers say. Many chemical companies are looking to step into the supply gap opened by the explosion and fire at Evonik’s Marl, Germany cyclodecatriene (CDT) plant (CW, April 16/23, p. 10). The explosion led to a shortage of nylon-12, a CDT-derived product that is crucial to the automotive supply chain. Arkema, the second-largest nylon-12 maker after Evonik, is seeking to replace the material with other nylons. BASF and Invista, which produce CDT but not nylon-12, say they are...

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