US chem production jumps in Dec for second straight month

24 January 2014 21:45  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US chemical production increased for the second straight month in December, growing by 0.8% on the back of strong increases in the Gulf Coast and Ohio Valley regions, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) said on Friday.

According to the ACC’s US Chemical Production Regional Index (CPRI), December’s jump followed November’s production rise of 0.3%.

On a three-month moving average (3MMA), the nation’s overall manufacturing sector increased its output by 0.6% in December.

Chemical production within that average was mixed, with output increases logged in chlor-alkalis, industrial gases, adhesives, coatings, synthetic rubber, consumer products, organic chemicals, plastic resins, pesticides, manmade fibres and other specialties, the ACC said.

Meanwhile, production fell among some inorganic chemicals, acids, fertilizers and pharmaceuticals.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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