August 2011 Chlorine Production

Friday, September 9, 2011

The August European chlorine production stood at 827,483 tonnes. With 26,693 tonnes, the August average daily production was 6.1% lower than in the previous month (July 2011: 28,415 tonnes), and 5.2% lower than in August 2010 (28,162 tonnes).

  The August caustic soda stocks showed the usual holiday rise, but only 4.1% (260,210 tonnes stock at the end of August 2011) compared to the previous month (July 2011: 249,938 tonnes), and 14,209 tonnes above August 2010 (246,001 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-27 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in August 2011 are provided in the following tables.

EU 27 + Norway/Swiztzerland
Chlorine production & capacity utilisation 

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2010

2011

% change

2010

2011

January

808,563

854,826

+5.7

74.7

79.8

February

786,984

803,931

+2.2

80.5

83.1

March

845,597

867,472

+2.6

78.2

81.0

April

834,652

825,043

-1.2

79.7

79.6

May

872,472

790,396

-9.4

80.6

73.8

June

843,513

853,763

+1.2

80.6

82.4

July

854,731

880,866

+3.1

79.0

82.3

 August

873,015 

827,483 

-5.2 

80.7 

77.3 

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)


 

2010

2011

January

275,312

269,129

February

295,002

279,512

March

255,758

241,006

April

246,044

255,828

May

260,670

234,135

June

252,124

264,797

July

238,609

249,938

 August

246,001 

260,210 


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 77 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.