There is a huge blow to the economy. Grandma already knows the British are already experiencing it


Car and truck transport across Europe may soon be paralyzed by a lack of AdBlue, a synthetic additive without which newer diesel engines do not work. Production was limited due to expensive natural gas by the largest European producer AdBlue, the Slovak company Duslo, as well as other major producers in Poland or Germany. There is a particular risk of the collapse of truck traffic, which occurred in recent weeks in the UK.

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The automotive industry has been facing big problems for a year now, there is a lack of semiconductors, car radios or rubber, most recently, due to a lack of chips, the Mladá Boleslav-based Škoda had to radically reduce operations. From October 18, it probably reduced or completely stopped operation in its three Czech plants until the end of the year. It lacks chips that are used in on-board electronics. According to the company’s head of communications, Tomáš Kotera, the company will focus on completing a large number of work-in-progress cars.

The lines have stood in the past due to missing chips. Last of the week since September 27. According to Škoda, the lack of semiconductors may be due to a reduction in the production of manufacturers in Asia – due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The consequences hit the entire automotive industry hard, some competing brands have already completely closed their plants by the end of 2021. Even Škoda Auto cannot avoid this global crisis,” said Kotera.

Due to the increase in the price of natural gas, another serious problem now arises, which concerns newer diesel engines. There is a shortage of AdBlue on the market. And all over Europe! Even the largest producer in Europe, the Slovak company Duslo Šaľa, is already limiting its production.

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The Slovak fertilizer manufacturer Duslo, which falls under the Agrofert holding, uses natural gas to produce urea and uses it in large quantities. Its CEO says he will have to stop production due to gas prices until conditions are more favorable. Already, the operation of the Slovak chemical plant is loss-making and is limited to a minimum. What the company’s CEO also claims is that if the company had its operations in the Czech Republic, it would pay 20 million euros (approximately half a billion crowns) less per year for gas and energy.

“Fertilizer production is linked to AdBlue production and Duslo is the largest producer in Europe. The second largest is in Germany, which has started to reduce AdBlue production. The third largest is in Poland and it has stopped production, ” stated by the Slovak Minister of Economy Richard Sulík (SaS) according to information from the server auto.pravda.sk. According to Sulík, there will be a real problem with AdBlue supplies in the near future.

AdBlue reduces emissions from modern diesel engines to meet Euro 5 and later emission standards. This is achieved by neutralizing the contaminants with a solution of synthetic urea (known as AdBlue). Engines that use it cannot function without it. AdBlue is becoming increasingly scarce due to high gasoline prices. Its independent production is not economically sustainable and is therefore part of the production of other products. For example, in Dusle Šaľa it is connected with the production of some fertilizers, which the company significantly reduced due to the above-mentioned high natural gas prices.

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“If these solutions are not on the market, it means that all engines from Euro 5 upwards that have to buy AdBlue will most likely be shut down,” said Petr Bláha, head of Duslo Šaľa, and pointed out that these are not just passenger cars, but also about trucks and buses.

Where the failure of truck traffic leads, people could see live in the UK, where due to a lack of drivers, people could not even find basic necessities. Empty shelves, missing food are not uncommon in some British shops. “My friend in the north of England doesn’t have fruit and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables came first. There used to be deliveries in the afternoon, but they are over, ” describes a Czech woman living in London for the iDNES.cz server, stating that it is a local matter.

“First they didn’t have toilet paper, then flour again. It happens that in our north London you come to a normal big mall and feel like you were under communism. One type of product across the entire shelf. Or you go to a drugstore and there is a lack of detergents and washing powder, “the Czech Republic continues, adding that sometimes there will be a lack of meat.

Therefore, some people buy food for survival in extreme conditions, such as high-nutrition bars and the like, to survive the difficult times that come.

In addition to food, however, there is also a lack of gasoline, which has no one to deliver to the pumps. “None of us have gas. We call for tips on where they just brought him, and there is always a long line. When children have rings, the one who has gasoline picks them all up and works like a bus, “says the Czech Republic, how part of British society works in everyday life today.

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