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 August 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 July 2018 Chemical and Metal Shortage Alert list.
Section II lists the new chemicals and metals (not on the July 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.
Aluminum cans: United States; production not keeping up with demand
Section II. Shortages Reported in August not found on the Previous Month’s List
Aluminum cans: Canada; production not keeping up with demand
FICAM-D insecticide: United Kingdom; supply not keeping up with demand
Flat steel: India; production not keeping up with demand
Raw material chemicals for shoes: Iran; insufficient imports
Methyl methacrylate (MMA): global; production not keeping up with demand
Totril herbicide: Australia; supply not keeping up with demand
Urea: Nepal; insufficient imports
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; flat steel; MMA
3. Government regulations: none
4. Sources no longer available: none
5. Insufficient imports: raw material chemicals for shoes; urea
6. Supply not keeping up with demand: FICAM-D insecticide; Totril herbicide