Fire impacts supply of specialty polyamides; biopolymers to the rescue


A fire broke out at Evonik Industries' Marl Chemicals Park in Germany on March 31 that is disrupting supply of a key raw material used in the production of polyamide 12 (PA12). The fire caused two fatalities Cyclododecatriene (CDT) is a starting material used to manufacture laurolactam which, in turn, is used as a monomer for the production of PA12.

The incident therefore affects the Vestamid product family of Evonik (Darmstadt, Germany). Plastic parts made of PA12 are key components in automobile production, in the photovoltaic industry, and in offshore pipelines. Other major fields of application include the sporting-goods and household-goods industries. Evonik is one of the leading producers of PA12....
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