According to the American Chemistry Council, the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index fell by 0.4% in March, following a revised 0.3% decline in February and a 0.1% gain in January. During March, chemical output was higher in the Northeast and West Coast regions, but fell in the Gulf Coast, Midwest, Ohio Valley and Southeast regions. Output in the Mid-Atlantic region was flat.
Chemical production was mixed over the three-month period. There were gains in the production three-month moving average output trend in adhesives, coatings, other specialty chemicals, synthetic rubber, fertilizers, crop protection chemicals, consumer products and chlor-alkali. These increases were offset by declines in the output of plastic resins, organic chemicals, industrial gases, manufactured fibers and other inorganic chemicals.