ESSEN, GERMANY (April 26, 12 p.m. ET) — Evonik Industries AG has confirmed that it is offering customers nylon alternatives following the fire in the cyclododecatriene (CDT) plant at its Marl facility in Germany, which has led to a shortage of nylon 12 material.
As previously reported, Essen-based Evonik says it is offering extrusion and injection molding compounds based on nylon 6/10, nylon 6/12, nylon 10/10, and nylon 10/12, which do not require CDT as a precursor. They are available in “smaller volumes during plant repairs,” which Evonik expects to last until the fourth quarter, the company said.
The company said in an April 26 statement: “[The alternative nylons] are particularly suitable for use in line systems in the automotive supply industry, including the multi-layer tubing systems patented by Evonik. One such substitute is the bio-based Vestamid Terra, already being used by the automotive industry.”