Facing shortage, auto group tries to fast-track substitutes

Apr 24, 2012 | 02:35 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Automotive Industry Action Group, J. Scott Sharland, Dan DiMicco, Nucor, Nylon 12, material shortage, substitution, corinna petry

CHICAGO — An industry group that led an emergency summit of 200 automaker and supplier representatives addressing an impending shortage of a critical material is now holding a series of workshops to fast-track approval of substitutes.

In response to the potential global shortage of cyclododecatriene, which is used to produce a nylon resin called PA-12 (or Nylon 12), caused by a March 31 explosion at a German chemical plant, the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) facilitated "a critical multi-stakeholder workshop to fast-track the approval process for replacement materials for use in multi-layer tubing assemblies, metal tubing and other automotive applications," said J. Scott Sharland, the group’s executive director.....

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