US Chemical Production Rose Slightly in July

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) rose by 0.2% in July following a 0.1% decline in June and a 0.4% gain in May, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Chemical output was mixed across regions. The U.S. CPRI is measured as a three-month moving average (3MMA).

On a 3MMA basis, chemical production within segments was mixed in July. There were gains in the production of industrial gases, synthetic dyes and pigments, other inorganic chemicals, adhesives, coatings and other specialty chemicals, synthetic rubber, and crop protection chemicals. These gains were offset by lower production of plastic resins, organic chemicals, fertilizers and consumer products.

As nearly all manufactured goods are produced using chemistry in some form, manufacturing activity is an important indicator for chemical demand. Manufacturing output was flat in July (3MMA). The 3MMA trend in manufacturing production was mixed, with gains in the output of apparel, semiconductors, motor vehicles, oil and gas, foundries, plastic & rubber products, aerospace, electronics, and construction supplies.

Compared with July 2021, U.S. chemical production was up 0.7%, a slower rate of growth than last month. Chemical production was higher than a year ago in all regions except the Gulf Coast, which was 1.9% lower.


U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index, Percentage Change

(Seasonally adjusted, 3-month moving average)


Jul 22/
Jun 22

Jul 22/
Jul 21

Key products


Gulf Coast

0.2 %

-1.9 %

petrochemicals, inorganics, plastics resins, and synthetic rubber


Midwest

0.2 %

1.5 %

agricultural chemicals, plastics, and paints


Ohio Valley

0.1 %

2.1 %

organic chemicals, plastics and synthetic materials, and specialties


Mid-Atlantic

0.2 %

2.8 %

consumer products


Southeast

0.1 %

2.4 %

inorganic chemicals, fibers, and consumer products


Northeast

0.2 %

3.8 %

consumer products and specialty chemicals


West Coast

0.1 %

2.8 %

basic chemicals, agricultural chemicals, and consumer products


     U.S. Total

0.2 %

0.7 %









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. The U.S. CPRI includes the most recent Federal Reserve benchmark revision released on July 28, 2022. To smooth month-to-month fluctuations, the U.S. CPRI is measured using a three-month moving average. The reading in July reflects production activity during May, June, and July.

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the multibillion-dollar business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products, technologies and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy addressing major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development, and are advancing products, processes and technologies to address climate change, enhance air and water quality, and progress toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

 

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