August 2013 Chlorine Production figures

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The August European chlorine production reached 783,468 tonnes.

At 25,273 tonnes, the August average daily production was 6% lower than in the previous month (July 2013: 26,886 tonnes), and 4.6% lower than in August 2012 (26,494 tonnes).

The August holiday effect was also evident in caustic soda stocks which stood at 262,072 tonnes, i.e. 6% above the previous month (July 2013: 247,270 tonnes), and 6,376 tonnes above the level of August 2012 (255,696 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-27 countries plus Norway
and Switzerland in August 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

76.8

February

759,346

758,118

-0.2

75.9

78.2

March

858,926

809,409

-5.8

80.3

75.4

April

835,743

703,339

-15.8

80.8

67.7

May

829,050

803,796

-3.0

77.2

74.8

June

760,462

787,053

+3.5

73.2

75.7

July

829,458

833,471

+0.5

77.2

77.6

August 

821,323 

 783,468

 -4.6

76.5 

 73.0

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2012

2013

January

250,408

227,866

February

262,822

242,267

March

256,397

260,204

April

285,845

239,891

May

275,936

266,699

June

255,678

258,578

July

253,861

247,270

 August

255,696 

 262,072

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.