AGRR Material Prices Continue to Increase in November

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry showed increases in November 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 0.8% from October 2021 to November 2021, and revealed a 9.6% increase from November 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 4.7% from November 2020, and in that index, in the commodity grouping and month-over-month prices increased by only 0.2% from October 2021.

The PPI for molded rubber mechanical goods (automotive) showed no change from its reading in October, but went up by 1.2% from November 2020.

Adhesives and sealants saw an increase of 0.7% from one month to the next, as well as an 8.2% increase from last year. Motor vehicle repair and maintenance, in the services grouping, saw no increase from October 2021, but a 2.3% increase from November 2020.

The cost of private passenger auto insurance services is down 2.7% compared to the same month last year, and experienced no increase from October 2021 to November 2021. On the other hand, commercial auto insurance saw a decline of 0.2% from October 2021, but a 0.9% increase from November 2020.

*This number is for the specialty glass category in November under the commodity category.

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