January PPI: Prices Increase for Glass and Door Materials

February 15th, 2019 by Drew Vass, Executive Editor

Prices for materials used in glass and glazing manufacturing increased in all categories in January 2019 according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category grew 1 percent from the previous month, and is up year over year by 1.6 percent. According to BLS, the commodity classification “organizes products and services by similarity or material composition, regardless of the industry classification of the producing establishment.”

The index for flat glass manufacturing in the industry classification increased 2.3 percent from December 2018, reversing a trend of decline over several months. The index is up 2.9 percent year over year. The industry classification measures “changes in prices received for the industry’s output sold outside the industry (that is, its net output).”

The PPI for metal windows is up 1.3 percent from its December 2018 level and up 12.1 percent on a year over year basis. Metal doors and frames showed an increase of 0.2 percent in January after no change from the November to December 2018 reports. The category is up 6.1 percent for the year. That price is 3.8-percent higher than in January 2018 (year over year). Prices for wood window units rose 4.6 percent since December 2018 and are up 5 percent year over year. Prices for wood doors for interior and exterior applications rose 1.5 percent during the past month. They’re up 7.9 percent since last year.

The price of thermoplastic resins and plastic materials fell 0.1 percent in January and is up 1.6 percent from last year.

Prices for thermosetting resins and plastic materials fell 5.2 percent and are up 4.4 percent since December 2018. Fiberglass plastic product prices rose 0.7 percent since last month and are up 2.5 percent for the year.

The cost of builders’ hardware, which includes hardware used in glass and glazing, rose 0.2 percent in January.

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