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US Chemical and Plastics Production Ends 2021 with an uptick in December - ACC
January 21, 2022

After seeing lower production to start Q4 2021 in October due to hurricane disruptions and supply chain issues, US chemical production closed out the year with higher production in December, according to data released this week by the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

The ACC's Chemical Production Regional Index (CPRI), which tracks chemical production activity in seven US regions measured as a three-month moving average (3MMA), showed a 2.2% increase in December. The December increase follows a 0.8% gain in November, and a 0.2% decline in October.

Chemical output rose in all regions, with the largest gains occurring in the Midwest and Gulf Coast regions.

The Gulf Coast, a key region for petrochemicals and plastics resins, rose 2.5% from November. Other major plastics producing regions were also down in December, with the Midwest seeing the biggest increase at 2.6%, and the Ohio Valley up by 2.2%.

Compared with December 2020, US chemical production in December 2021 was up by 3.2%, and was also up from 2020 levels in all regions.

By Brian Balboa for The Plastics Exchange.

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