The not seasonally adjusted prices for materials used in glass and glazing manufacturing were a mixed bag in December 2019, however the trend of year-over-year increases continued according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
In December, the monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category dropped 0.3% from the previous month, and is up 1% from December 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 December index for flat glass manufacturing in the industry classification fell 0.6% from November 2019. It’s up 1.4% 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 are up 0.5% from last month’s PPI report. That index, in the commodity grouping, is down 1.1% from a year ago. The index for ornamental and architectural metal work manufacturing, in the industry category, decreased a slight 0.1% from November to December 2019. It has experienced a 0.1% increase since December 2018.
The PPI for metal windows was unchanged from its November 2019 index. However, it has jumped 4.6% compared to the December 2018 report. The price for metal doors and frames increase 0.1% in December. The category is up 1.3% for the year.
The cost of builders’ hardware, including that used in glass and glazing, rose 0.8% in December and saw a 1.6% increase compared to the December 2018 report.
Monthly and Yearly Change in Glass and Glazing Material Prices
|Category||November to December 2019||December 2018 to December 2019|
|Flat Glass Manufacturing||-0.6%||1.4%|
|Fabricated Structural Metal Products||0.5%||-1.1%|
|Ornamental and Architectural Work Manufacturing||-0.1%||0.1%|
|Metal Doors and Frames||0.1%||1.3%|