April 2012 Chlorine Production

Friday, May 11, 2012

In April the European chlorine production reached 834,083 tonnes.

Brussels, 11th May 2012

In April the European chlorine production reached 834,083 tonnes.  With 27,803 tonnes, the April average daily production was 0.6% higher than in the previous month (March 2012: 27,642 tonnes), and 0.2% higher than in April 2011 (27,737 tonnes).

Like 2011 the April caustic soda stocks (at 278,994 tonnes) showed an increase of 11.6% over the previous month (March 2012: 250,098 tonnes), and were 18,319 tonnes above the level of April 2011 (260,675 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-27 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in April 2012 are provided in the following tables.

EU 27 + Norway/Switzerland
Chlorine production & capacity utilisation

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2011

2012

% change

2011

2012

January

860,558

847,983

-1.5

80.4

79.4

February

808,682

758,889

-6.2

83.6

76.0

March

872,912

856,902

-1.1

81.5

80.2

 April

832,121 

834,083 

+0.2 

80.3 

80.7 

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2011

2012

January

271,668

244,107

February

281,587

256,523

March

243,409

250,098

 April

260,675 

278,994 

Further information:
Alistair J Steel, Executive Director
Tel: +32 2 676 73 50

Footnote to Editors
Some of the totals for each month may vary slightly compared with figures used earlier. Please rely on the most recent information since it sometimes happens that estimates have to be made when data is supplied late by a producer. This is subsequently adjusted when the actual figure becomes available.

Euro Chlor is a Brussels-based business association representing chlor-alkali producers in the EU and EFTA regions employing about 39,000 people at 70 manufacturing locations. Almost 2,000,000 jobs in Europe are directly or indirectly related to chlorine and its co-product caustic soda (sodium hydroxide). These two key chemical building blocks underpin 55% of European chemical industry turnover.