April 2015 Chlorine Production

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

In April, the European chlorine production stood at 741,019 tonnes.

With 24,701 tonnes, the April average daily production was 6.8% below the level of the previous month (March 2015: 26,517 tonnes), and 7.9% lower than in April 2014 (26,825 tonnes).

With 270,082 tonnes, the April caustic soda stocks were 0.2% lower than in the previous month (March 2015: 270,655 tonnes), and 13,954 tonnes below the level of April 2014 (284,036 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in April 2015 are provided in the following tables.

Chlorine production & capacity utilisation - EU 28 + Norway/Switzerland  

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2014

2015

% change

2014

2015

January

819,962

816,349

-0.4

77.6

77.3

February 

789,892 

 772,424

 -2.2

 82.8

 80.9

March

821,298

822,013

+0.1

77.7

77.8

April

804,747

741,019

-7.9

78.7

72.5

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2014

2015

January

266,079

253,562

 February

 291,507

265,969 

March

284,989

270,655

April

284,036

270,082

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 66 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.