now the production stop can stop everything

The blockade of the only additive manufacturing plant AdBlue, the Yara of Ferrara, risks to send the trucking sector into a tailspin and shut down 1.5 million trucks, as well as a growing number of private cars that need this substance to get started. The rush to service stations is raging to grab the latest jerry cans available, and it is an alarm for the blocking of entire supply chains.

What is AdBlue and what is it for

AdBlue is the trade name ofAus32, a solution to the 32,5% in demineralized water of urea technique, which is used to reduce the emissions of nitrogen oxides contained in the exhaust gases of vehicles with a diesel engine.

It is a non-toxic, non-flammable and non-dangerous product to handle, but it needs to be stored and transported safely because it is corrosive to some metals.

Verband der Automobilindustrie, the German association of vehicle manufacturers, holds the AdBlue brand and guarantees that alti standard qualitative are respected by all manufacturers.

For a substance to bear the name, it must contain a specific concentration of technical urea and respect the parameters that regulate the presence of metals, calcium, biuret and other components that could cause damage to engines.

AdBlue can be obtained for dissolution, with the risk of obtaining an impure preparation, or for synthesis, directly from the ammonia production process.

The latter guarantees a better and non-harmful product for cars, but it entails high production costs and the use of large amounts of energy.

Because AdBlue is in short supply

The alarm that affects the world of road hauliers, transport and consumers arises from the stop of the activities of the Yara of Ferrara, which has a 60% share of the AdBlue market in Italy and is thethe only Italian manufacturer of the substance.

The company complains that it cannot continue manufacturing the additive due toincrease in the price of methane and therefore ofhigh cost of electricity used for the ammonia synthesis process. (Here the reasons for the rise in the current).

Other establishments in all Europe they are blaming the rise in production costs, and it is possible to predict that there will be a shortage of AdBlue in the next period.

What happens without AdBlue

The use of AdBlue is mandatory for vehicles that use it and which, when the tank is empty, they cannot be turned on again. This is why 1.5 million trucks could soon stop delivering goods, and many Euro 6 private cars will also stop.

News of the production freeze had a ripple effect on retailers of various tiers, causing the price of the final product to double from 25 cents to 50 cents per liter. An average truck consumes around 80 liters of AdBlue per month.

Not only that: individuals and companies would be buying the additive in stock and then reselling it at inflated prices through illicit channels. And in the rest areas and at the shops the solution in short supply already.

Many are already resorting to tampering with the locking device through special emulators, the use of which is illegal, or are buying impure and harmful products.

Other sectors could also be affected by the blocking of the production of technical urea solutions. Products similar to AdBlue are in fact used in thermoelectric power plants and in cement factories to reduce emissions harmful to health.

Not just the lack of AdBlue on the shelves and its high costs. Even the new sting on diesel could put trucking and owners of new generation cars in difficulty, as we have anticipated here. There is still little time to switch to electric cars: here all the incentives.

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