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US Chemical and Plastic Resin Production Down in September - ACC
October 27, 2021

Recent hurricane disruptions and supply chain challenges led September's chemical production to come down across the US, and sharply in the Gulf Coast, according to data released today by the American Chemistry Council.

The Council's Chemical Production Regional Index (CPRI), measured as a three-month moving average (3MMA) showed a 1.5% drop in September, following a 0.4% decline in August, and a 1.1% gain in July.

The 3MMA showed improved chemical production for synthetic rubber, manufactured fibers, other specialty chemicals, fertilizers, crop protection chemicals, adhesives, coatings, and consumer products. However, those gains were offset by lower production in organic chemicals, plastic resins, basic inorganic chemicals, and industrial gases.

The Gulf Coast, a key region for plastics resins, had the biggest decline in the US, falling 2.5% from August. Other major plastics producing regions were also down in September, with the Midwest falling 1.4%, and the Ohio Valley declining 1.2%.

Although overall US production was down from August, it was up 3.5% from September 2020.

By Brian Balboa for The Plastics Exchange.

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