US Aug specialty chems growth slows due to Harvey - ACC

26 September 2017 18:10 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) specialty chemicals market volume index increased only 0.1% in August from July, reflecting the effects of Hurricane Harvey, the trade group said on Tuesday.

The marginal growth in the US specialty chemicals market was virtually flat compared with a revised 0.5% gain in July. The data is reported on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis.

Of the 28 specialty chemical segments monitored by the ACC, 15 expanded in August. Nine markets experienced decline, the ACC said, while four were stable.

Source: ACC

Large market volume gains of 1.0% and over occurred only in oilfield chemicals, the ACC noted.

On an unadjusted basis, the August data showed a 0.8% decline. The ACC said that only 11 segments expanded based on this basis.

Overall, the specialty chemicals volume index was up 5.1% on a year-on-year 3MMA basis.

The index stood at more than 109% of its average 2012 levels, the ACC said, which is an equivalent to 3.42m tonnes.

On a year-on-year basis, 20 market and functional specialty chemical segments saw gains. Compared to last year, the ACC said volumes were down in seven segments.

The image above shows a photograph of Hurricane Harvey. Source: NOAA/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock

By David Haydon