U.S. Chemical Output Rises Again In September

Oct. 28, 2020
According to the ACC, the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index rose 0.8% in September following a 0.8% gain in August and a 1.0% increase in July.

According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) rose 0.8% in September following a 0.8% gain in August and a 1.0% increase in July. During September, chemical output expanded in all regions, with the largest gains occurring in the Northeast. The U.S. CPRI is measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis.

In September, chemical production continued to improve in many segments, including, chlor-alkali, organic chemicals, industrial gases, synthetic dyes and pigments, consumer products, synthetic rubber, manufactured fibers, other specialty chemicals and fertilizers. Production eased in plastic resins, coatings, adhesives and crop protection chemicals.

As nearly all manufactured goods are produced using chemistry in some form, manufacturing activity is an important indicator for chemical demand. The recovery continued at a slower pace into September, with overall factory activity up 1.6% on a 3MMA basis. Production rose in nearly all key chemistry end-use industries that ACC tracks, with the strongest gains occurring in motor vehicles, aerospace, iron and steel, tires and structural panels.

Compared with September 2019, U.S. chemical production was off 4.3% on a year-over-year (Y/Y) basis, the 16th consecutive month of Y/Y declines, but an improvement over the past several months. Chemical production remained lower than a year ago in all regions, with the largest year-ago declines occurring in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and West Coast regions.

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