Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry showed increases in September 2021, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The monthly PPI, which includes auto glass*, increased slightly by 0.5% from August 2021 to September 2021, and revealed an 8.6% increase from September 2020. 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.”
Prices for motor vehicle parts went up by 4.1% from September 2020, and in that index, in the commodity grouping and month-over-month prices increased by only 0.4% from August 2021.
The PPI for molded rubber mechanical goods (automotive) showed a change of only 0.1% when compared to its reading in August, but went up by 1% from September 2020.
Adhesives and sealants saw an increase of 0.4% from one month to the next, as well as a 6.5% increase from last year. Motor vehicle repair and maintenance, in the services grouping, also increased slightly by 0.4% over August 2021, with a 2.3% increase from September 2020, as well.
The cost of private passenger auto insurance services is still down 3.3% compared the same month last year, with no change from August 2021 to September 2021. On the other hand, commercial auto insurance saw a slight increase of 0.5% from August 2021 and a 4.4% increase from September 2020.
*This number is for the specialty glass category in July under the commodity category.