US chemical production expanded by 0.4% in July following a
downwardly-revised 0.2% gain in June, the American Chemistry
Council (ACC) said Tuesday in the release of its US Chemical
Production Regional Index (CPRI).
Manufacturing output accelerated during July, and on a
three-month moving average (3MMA), production of the
nations overall manufacturing sector was 0.6%
Within the manufacturing sector, output in many key chemistry
end-use markets expanded, including appliances, motor
vehicles, aerospace, construction
fabricated metal products, computers, semiconductors, plastic
products, rubber products, plywood, printing, and furniture.
Also measured on a 3MMA basis, overall chemical production
was again mixed. There were gains in the output of
chlor-alkali and other inorganic chemicals, plastic resins,
synthetic dyes and pigments, industrial gases, consumer
products, and pharmaceuticals.
These gains were partially offset by declines in the
production of fertilizers, pesticides, organic chemicals,
synthetic fibers, synthetic rubber, coatings, and
Compared to July 2013, total chemical production in all
regions was ahead by 1.2% on a year-over-year (Y/Y) basis, up
from a revised 0.9% Y/Y gain in June. Chemical production was
up from a year ago in all regions, except the Gulf Coast. The
Gulf Coast did move up 0.1% from June, though.
Comparing the seven months of 2014 to that in 2013, chemical
production was up 0.8% nationally, with all seven regions