ACC: Both global and U.S. chemical production trended higher in March

May 5, 2023
"During March, chemical output increased in all regions except Africa & Middle East," said Martha Moore, ACC's chief economist. "Despite these gains, chemical output continued to be lower than last year's global production numbers."
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WASHINGTON, May 4, 2023 (PRNewswire) — According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the Global Chemical Production Regional Index (Global CPRI) rose by 0.7% in March following a 0.2% increase in February. In the U.S., the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) rose 2.6% in March. Both indices are measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis to reduce month-to-month volatility.

"During March, chemical output increased in all regions except Africa & Middle East," said Martha Moore, ACC's chief economist. "Despite these gains, chemical output continued to be lower than last year's global production numbers."

In the U.S., the 2.6% gain in March reflects a bump in chemical production that followed a tough Q4. "Producers were challenged at the end of the year by customer destocking and winter-weather related disruptions," she added.

Key findings:

  • The gain in March reflects higher chemical production in several major producing countries, including the United States, China, Russia, and Germany.
  • Global output is up in all segments, with the largest gains in synthetic materials, which includes plastic resins, synthetic rubber, and manufactured fibers.
  • According to U.S CPRI, output in the U.S. rallied in March and was higher than a month ago in all regions, with the largest gain in the Gulf Coast, home to much of the nation's basic industrial chemical and synthetic materials capacity.
  • In the U.S., output of plastic resins, organic chemicals, industrial gases, coatings, adhesives, crop protection chemicals, synthetic dyes & pigments, synthetic rubber, consumer products, and other specialty chemicals were higher. Gains were offset by lower production of synthetic rubber and fertilizers.

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