April 2016 Chlorine Production

Thursday, June 9, 2016

In April, the European chlorine production reached 670,786 tonnes.

With 22,360 tonnes, the April average daily production was 13.7% below the level of the previous month (March 2016: 25,904 tonnes), and 9.5% lower than in April 2015 (24,706 tonnes), due to maintenance in some production sites.

With 225,887 tonnes, the April caustic soda stocks were 2.3% lower than in the previous month (March 2016: 231,115 tonnes), and 39,628 tonnes below the level of April 2015 (265,515 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28 countries plus Norway
and Switzerland in April 2016 are provided in the following tables.
 
Chlorine production & capacity utilisation - EU 28 + Norway/Switzerland  

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2015

2016

% change

2015

2016

January

816,474

821,649

+0.6

80.0

80.8

February

772,421

805,561

+4.3

83.8

84.6

March

822,012

803,023

-2.2

80.6

79.0

April 

741,181

670,786

-9.5

75.1

70.3

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2015

2016

January

251,021

243,570

February

261,708

251,598

March

265,830

231,115

April

265,515

225,887

Further information:
Dolf van Wijk, Executive Director,  tel: +32 2 676 73 70

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 64 manufacturing location. Chlorine and its co-product caustic soda (sodium hydroxide are two key chemical building blocks that underpin 55% of European chemical industry turnover.