WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) fell by 0.9 percent in July following revised declines of 0.8 percent in June and 0.6 percent in May. During July, chemical output was lower in all regions, with the largest declines in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and West Coast regions.

Chemical production was mixed over the three-month period. There were gains in the production three-month moving average (3MMA) output trend in chlor-alkali and other inorganic chemicals. These gains were offset by declines in the output of pesticides, synthetic rubber, coatings, fertilizers, consumer products, plastic resins, organic chemicals, synthetic dyes & pigments, adhesives, manufactured fibers, and other specialty chemicals. 

Nearly all manufactured goods are produced using chemistry in some form. Thus, manufacturing activity is an important indicator for chemical production. On a three-month-moving average basis, manufacturing activity edged slightly higher in July, following five months of declines. Output expanded in several chemistry-intensive manufacturing industries, including food and beverages, appliances, motor vehicles and parts, aerospace, construction supplies, machinery, computers, petroleum refining, plastic products, rubber products, structural panels and furniture.

Compared with July 2018, U.S. chemical production was off by 2.7 percent on a year-over-year basis, a weaker comparison than in June. Chemical production was lower than a year ago in all regions, with the largest year ago declines in the Midwest and West Coast regions.

U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index, Percentage Change

(Seasonally adjusted, 3-month moving average)

Jul 19/

Jun19

Jul19/
Jul 18

Key products

Gulf Coast

-0.7%

-2.5%

petrochemicals, inorganics, plastics resins, and synthetic rubber

Midwest

-1.0%

-2.8%

agricultural chemicals, plastics, and paints

Ohio Valley

-1.1%

-2.1%

organic chemicals, plastics and synthetic materials, and specialty chemicals

Mid-Atlantic

-1.2%

-2.4%

consumer products

Southeast

-1.0%

-2.1%

inorganic chemicals, fibers, and consumer products

Northeast

-1.3%

-1.7%

consumer products and specialty chemicals

West Coast

-1.2%

-2.6%

basic chemicals, agricultural chemicals, and consumer products

     U.S. Total

-0.9%

-2.7%

The chemistry industry is one of the largest industries in the United States, a $553 billion enterprise. The manufacturing sector is the largest consumer of chemical products, and 96 percent of manufactured goods are touched by chemistry. The U.S. CPRI was developed to track chemical production activity in seven regions of the United States. The U.S. CPRI is based on information from the Federal Reserve, and as such, includes monthly revisions as published by the Federal Reserve. To smooth month-to-month fluctuations, the U.S. CPRI is measured using a three-month moving average. Thus, the reading in July reflects production activity during May, June, and July.

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The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry.  ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people’s lives better, healthier and safer.  ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing.  The business of chemistry is a $553 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation’s economy.  It is one of the nation’s largest exporters, representing ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development.  Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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SOURCE American Chemistry Council