PPI: Many Glass and Glazing Materials See Only Slight Changes in October 

Many of the prices for materials used in glass and glazing manufacturing changed only slightly in October 2019 or not at all according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, most prices are up year-over-year.

In October, the monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category dropped 0.4% from the previous month, but grew 1% from October 2018. According to the BLS, the commodity classification “organizes products and services by similarity or material composition, regardless of the industry classification of the producing establishment.”

The October index for flat glass manufacturing in the industry classification fell 1.5% from September 2019. It’s up 1% on a year-over-year basis. The industry classification measures “changes in prices received for the industry’s output sold outside the industry (that is, its net output).”

Prices for fabricated structural metal products also declined, falling back 0.2% in October. That index, in the commodity grouping, is down 1% from a year ago. The index for ornamental and architectural metal work manufacturing, in the industry category, is unchanged from September to October 2019. However, it has experienced a 0.7% increase since October 2018.

The PPI for metal windows is up 0.4% this month from its September 2019 index. However, it has jumped 5.7% compared to the October 2018 report. The price for metal doors and frames is unchanged in October. The category is up 1.3% for the year.

The cost of builders’ hardware, including that used in glass and glazing, showed no change this month and a 1% increase compared to the October 2018 report.

Monthly and Yearly Change in Glass and Glazing Material Prices

Category September to October 2019 October 2018 to October 2019
Flat Glass -0.4% 1%
Flat Glass Manufacturing -1.5% 1%
Fabricated Structural Metal Products -0.2% -1%
Ornamental and Architectural Work Manufacturing 0% 0.7%
Metal Windows 0.4% 5.7%
Metal Doors and Frames 0% 1.3%
Builders’ Hardware 0% 1%


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