Weakening US manufacturing sector softens chemicals demand

03 June 2013 21:59  [Source: ICIS news]

WASHINGTON (ICIS)--Weakening performance among manufacturing industries in recent months has softened demand for chemicals, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) said on Monday, although consumption is running slightly ahead of a year ago.

In its monthly industry output report, the council said that its chemical production regional index (CPRI) fell narrowly by 0.1% in April from March.

The council also revised its March CPRI downward to a 0.5% decline from February.

“As manufacturing has weakened during recent months, demand for chemistry has softened,” the ACC said.

The council’s report on softening chemicals demand among manufacturers followed a manufacturing survey earlier on Monday showing that US production industries slipped into contraction in May.

However, the council said, US chemicals production in April was up by 0.5% from the same month in 2012 and followed a 0.3% year-over-year gain in March.

“Comparing the first four months of 2013 to those in 2012, chemical production was up 0.6% nationally,” the council said.

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