April 2013 Chlorine Production

Friday, May 10, 2013

In April the European chlorine production reached 703,030 tonnes.

At 23,434 tonnes (exhibiting the effects of maintenance outages frequently mentioned in the press) the April average daily production was 10.2% lower than in the previous month (March 2013: 26,110 tonnes), and 15.9 % lower than in April 2012 (27,858 tonnes).

The April caustic soda stocks stood at 240,139 tonnes, i.e. 7.7% below the previous month (March 2013: 260,204 tonnes), and 45,706 tonnes below the level of April 2012 (285,845 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-27 countries plus Norway
and Switzerland in March 2013 are provided in the following tables.

Chlorine production & capacity utilisation - EU 27 + Norway/Switzerland

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2012

2013

% change

2012

2013

January

849,719

824,396

-3.0

79.5

76.9

February

759,346

758,118

-0.2

75.9

78.3

March

858,926

809,409

-5.8

80.3

75.5

 April

835,743 

703,030 

-15.9 

80.8 

67.8 

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2012

2013

January

250,408

227,866

February

262,822

242,267

March

256,397

260,204

 April

285,845 

240,139 

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 71 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.