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      04-05-2011, 07:36 AM   #1
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Pigment Shortage affects Certain Colors

Not sure if this was posted but something to ask about when placing orders.....


A shortage of a type of shiny pigment that is used in automobile paints and is only made in a single plant in Japan has emerged as the newest headache for the auto industry.

The pigment, called Xirallic, is made at a plant owned by a German chemical company, Merck KGaA, and is located in Onahama, a coastal town that was damaged by the tsunami and was exposed to radiation spewing from the Fukashima nuclear reactor.

Many of the world's auto makers, including Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group LLC, Volkswagen AG, BMW AG, Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors Co., use Xirallic in metallic paints known for their glistening, shimmering appearance. Many are now scrambling to see if they can switch to different types of paints, according to auto makers and suppliers with knowledge of the matter.



http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...521120106.html
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      04-05-2011, 08:03 AM   #2
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So then, Frozen blues, reds, whites, silvers, etc. will be joining black and gray and coming your way soon.
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