The US chemical production regional index (CPRI) rose by 0.8%
in December after a 0.3% gain in November, the American
Chemistry Council (ACC) said in a report made available
This gain was driven by increases in the US Gulf Coast and
Ohio Valley regions, according to the ACC.
For the second consecutive month, production increased in all
seven regions of the US. For the year as a whole, the CPRI
was ahead by 1.2%.
On a three-month moving average (3MMA), output of the
nations overall manufacturing sector was 0.6% higher,
following a similar gain November.
Within the manufacturing sector, output in several key
chemistry end-use markets expanded, including appliances,
motor vehicles, construction
metal products, computers, semiconductors, plastic products,
structural panels, printing, apparel, and furniture.
Also measured on a 3MMA basis, overall chemical production
was mixed. Gains in the output of chlor-alkali, industrial
gases, adhesives, coatings, synthetic rubber, consumer
products, organic chemicals, plastic resins, pesticides,
manmade fibers, and other specialties were offset by lower
production of some inorganic chemicals, acids, fertilizers,
Compared to December 2012, total chemical production in all
regions was ahead by 1.4% on a year-over-year basis,
following a 1.5% gain in November. Chemical production
remained ahead in all regions compared to a year ago.