Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Chemical and Metal Shortage Alert – July 2018


The purpose of this blog is to identify chemical and metal shortages reported on the Internet.  The sources of the information reported here are primarily news releases issued on the Internet.  The issue period of the news releases is July 2018.

Section I below lists those chemicals and metals that were on the previous month’s Chemical and Metal Shortage Alert list and continue to have news releases indicating they are in short supply. Click here to read the June 2018 Chemical and Metal Shortage Alert list.

Section II lists the new chemicals and metals (not on the June alert).  Also provided is some explanation for the shortage and geographical information.  This blog attempts to list only actual shortage situations – those shortages that are being experienced during the period covered by the news releases.  Chemicals and metals identified in news releases as only being in danger of being in short supply status are not listed.

Section I.  

Food-grade carbon dioxide: Europe; Mexico; production not keeping up with demand
Photoinitiators used with inks: Europe; supply not keeping up with demand

Section II.   Shortages Reported in July not found on the Previous Month’s List

Aluminum cans: United States; production not keeping up with demand
Chlorine: Ukraine; production not keeping up with demand
Copper: India; production not keeping up with demand
Hydrogen: California; supply not keeping up with demand
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET): Iran; sources no longer available
Zinc: India; production not keeping up with demand

Reasons for Section II shortages can be broadly categorized as: 

1.  Mining not keeping up with demand: none
2.  Production not keeping up with demand: aluminum cans; chlorine; copper; zinc
3.  Government regulations: none
4.  Sources no longer available: polyethylene terephthalate
5.  Insufficient imports:  none
6.  Supply not keeping up with demand: hydrogen


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