DETROIT (AP) — A March explosion at a German chemical plant is threatening to shut down car and truck factories worldwide as companies run short of key parts.
The U.S. auto industry has scheduled a meeting near Detroit on Tuesday to deal with the problem. As many as 10 automakers and dozens of parts supply companies are scheduled to attend. Any plant closures would come at a bad time for the industry, as auto sales begin to recover from the recession.
The March 31 fire at Evonik Industries in western Germany killed two workers and damaged the factory that makes CDT, a key component in a chemical used to make a special plastic for auto fuel and brake lines. It's also used in solar cells and pipelines.