July 25, 2019 - 2:45 PM EDT
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U.S. Chemical Production Rose For Third Month In June

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) rose by 0.2 percent in June, following a 0.4 percent gain in May and a 0.3 percent gain in April. During June, chemical output was up in the Gulf Coast, Midwest, Ohio Valley and Southeast regions. These gains were offset by lower production 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, plastic resins, organic chemicals, synthetic dyes and pigments, organic chemicals, inorganic chemicals, industrial gases, adhesives, manufactured fibers, and other specialty chemicals. These gains were offset by declines in the output of pesticides, synthetic rubber, coatings, fertilizers, and consumer products.

American Chemistry Council

Nearly all manufactured goods are produced using chemistry in some form. Thus, manufacturing activity is an important indicator for chemical production. On a 3MMA basis, manufacturing activity was flat in June, following four months of declines. Output expanded in several chemistry-intensive manufacturing industries, including motor vehicles and parts, construction supplies, computers, semiconductors, petroleum refining, plastic products, oil and gas extraction, paper, structural panels, apparel and furniture.

Compared with June 2018, U.S. chemical production was up 1.5 percent on a year-over-year basis, a weaker comparison than in May. Chemical production was higher than a year ago in all regions, with the largest gains in the Gulf Coast and Northeast regions.


U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index, Percentage Change

(Seasonally adjusted, 3-month moving average)

Jun 19/
May 19

Jun 19/
Jun 18

Key products

Gulf Coast



petrochemicals, inorganics, plastics resins, and synthetic rubber




agricultural chemicals, plastics, and paints

Ohio Valley



organic chemicals, plastics and synthetic materials, and specialty chemicals




consumer products




inorganic chemicals, fibers, and consumer products




consumer products and specialty chemicals

West Coast



basic chemicals, agricultural chemicals, and consumer products

     U.S. Total




The chemistry industry is one of the largest industries in the United States, a $526 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 June reflects production activity during April, May and June.

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 $526 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

Source: PR Newswire (July 25, 2019 - 2:45 PM EDT)

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