Invista to assist auto industry with chemical

Sonny Long

April 20, 2012 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated April 19, 2012 at 11:20 p.m.

Invista's Victoria plant is stepping in to fill a void for the automobile industry.

Automakers are facing a shortage of nylon 12, critical to the production of fuel and brake lines.

Invista manufactures cyclododecatriene, or CDT, a chemical component in nylon 12.

"We are running hard, working to make available as much CDT as possible and still maintain our commitment to safety and environmental compliance," said Amy Hodges, Invista spokeswoman.

The product, which is marketed under Invista's C12 brand, is also used to make other materials, such as flame retardant.

"We remain committed to our customers, who have dedicated their business to us, and will honor those supply agreements first," Hodges said.

"We will then do what we can to bring any additional product to the market quickly and safely, though we presently have limited excess capacity."

The shortage was brought about by a deadly explosion and fire at a plant in Germany on March 31.

"Our hearts go out to the families of the victims in Germany," Hodges said.



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