April 2014 Chlorine Production

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

In April, the European chlorine production reached 804,747 tonnes.

Brussels, 4th June 2014 – In April, the European chlorine production reached 804,747 tonnes. 
With 26,825 tonnes, the April average daily production was 1.3% above the level of the previous month (March 2014: 26,493 tonnes), and 14.4% higher than in April 2013 (23,445 tonnes).

With 284,036 tonnes, the April caustic soda stocks were 0.3% lower than in the previous
month (March 2014: 284,989 tonnes),but 44,145 tonnes above the level of April 2013 (239,891 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-27 countries plus Norway
and Switzerland in April 2014 are provided in the following tables.


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

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2013

2014

% change

2013

2014

January

824,396

819,962

-0.5

76.8

77.6

February 

 758,118

789,892

+4.2 

78.2

82.8 

March

809,409

821,298

+1.5

75.4

77.7

April

703,339

804,747

+14.4

67.7

78.7

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

 

2013

2014

January

227,866

270,079

February 

242,267 

295,507 

March

260,204

284,989

April

239,891

284,036

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 68 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.