Economies of scale, globalization and production efficiencies continue to exacerbate any disruptive incident in an automaker's supply chain. The latest snafu is due to a fatal explosion at Germany's Evonik Industries, which arrested that company's ability to produce cyclodecatriene (CDT). In turn, the production of the resin Vestamid Polyamide 12 (PA-12) is threatened by the loss of CDT, one of its key components. And a crimp in PA-12 supplies threatens the manufacture of crucial components like brake-line coatings and flexible hoses.

Auto-industry analysts have described the issue as "serious," but no one, including automakers and suppliers, is sure of how grave the issue will be. Michigan-based Tier One carmaker supplier TI Automotive is hosting a conference later this month with competitors and carmakers to discuss the issue. The major car manufacturers have said they are monitoring the situation, but no disruptions have been planned for yet.


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      kenkeune
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good reason to have more than one supplier. Maybe we could make this stuff in America. Crap! Can't believe I said that. Only Germans and Chinese know how to make stuff.
      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well hopefully this can be resolved soon so it won't impact vehicle production.
        kuntknife
        • 2 Years Ago
        @guyverfanboy
        You typed "I feel sorry for the families of the people who died in the fatal explosion" wrong.
      dt1064
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since the 70's gas "shortage" businesses have found ways to drive up prices by creating false shortages. I hope someday it all comes back to bite them.
        racerfan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dt1064
        FYI two folks were killed in the incident that's driving this potential shortage.
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      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I read that the real bottleneck for auto sales will be truck transportation. The recession wiped out thousands of car haulers and will ultimately slow delivery to dealers.
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      akileo
      • 2 Years Ago
      The conference already took place this afternoon in Troy Michigan. This is a crisis. Nothing to joke about. Hundred and thousands of jobs are at stake.
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