Global car production threatened by chemical factory fire

Jay Nagley

A fire in a chemical factory in Germany has put car manufacturers on red alert - because the chemical it produces is critical to braking systems.

The factory is owned by a company called Evonik and it manufactures an obscure chemical called CDT, which in turns makes a resin called PA-12. Brake and fuel lines are made out of this resin, and something like one-third of the global supply has, literally, gone up in smoke.