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Fri April 27, 2012
Automakers May Have Dodged Resin Shortage Threat
The auto industry may have steered its way around another crisis. Ford says that it doesn't expect a resin shortage to disrupt production at any of its factories.
That's a sign that its peers will be able to avoid problems as well.
Just last week, automakers and parts companies feared that factories could be forced to close due to a shortage of a key plastic resin. Supplies are low because a March explosion and fire knocked out a German factory that makes much of the world's PA-12, a unique resin used to manufacture fuel lines and other parts.
But Ford says it has alternative resins available. An industry expert says that means other carmakers have similar substitutes.