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Issue Number 24 OCTOBER 2012
The Nylon Tubing Shortage
What's Going On?

nylon tubingMany nylon-12 tubing manufacturers have been faced with shortages of raw materials over the last twelve months. And the outlook for the remainder of the year, and into the first half of next year, is uncertain. What are the reasons behind these supply interruptions?

Compounders of PA-12, the resin we refer to as nylon 12, found that they were able to command a much higher profit margin on their product in emerging markets like solar panel arrays and fiber optic cables than they were in the more mature automobile and tubing extrusion markets. This situation triggered supply shortages and multiple price increases for the tubing market.

Just as demand from these emerging markets began to subside and supply was becoming more accessible to our market, a March 2012 explosion and fire shut down the world's largest supplier of a key element used in the PA-12 compound, forcing further disruption to the supply of nylon-12. Repairs to the facility are expected to be complete by the end of the year, but that outcome cannot be guaranteed.

So if nylon-12 tubing isn't available, what can you use? Everyone's application has its own specifications, but there may be cases where another semi-rigid tubing, such as polyethylene or polypropylene, can be substituted. There are also other nylon formulations, such as nylon 6/10 and nylon 10/10, which may work for your needs. If your application's main concern is temperature, silicone or even polyurethane may be an option. If working pressures need to be within a certain range, reinforced PVC hose may be an acceptable alternative.

Give the Fluid Transfer Specialists at NewAge Industries a call or send an e-mail with your needs. We can help.


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