August 2015 Chlorine production

Friday, October 9, 2015

In August, the European chlorine production reached 821,165 tonnes.

Brussels, 7th October 2015 – In August, the European chlorine production reached 821,165 tonnes.  With 26,489 tonnes, the August average daily production was 0.8% below the level of the previous month (July 2015: 26,707 tonnes), but 2.9% higher than in August 2014 (25,753 tonnes).

With 242,920 tonnes, the August caustic soda stocks were 1.5% higher than in the previous month (July 2015: 239,320 tonnes), but 10,197 tonnes below the level of August 2014 (253,117 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28  countries plus Norway and Switzerland in August 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

741,182

-7.9

78.7

72.5

May

824,119

819,688

-0.5

78.0

77.6

June

752,632

806,595

+7.2

73.6

78.7

 July

 837,264

 827,909

 -1.1

 79.2

 81.2

 August

 798,356

 821,165

 +2.9

 75.5

 80.5

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2014

2015

January

266,079

253,562

 February

 291,507

265,969 

March

284,989

270,654

April

284,036

270,081

May

279,330

251,389

June

249,010

236,553

 July

 244,163

 239,320

 August

 253,117

 242,920

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 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.





 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 

Month


 

Production (tonnes)


 

 

Capacity Utilisation (%)


 

 

 


 

 

2014


 

 

2015


 

 

%
  change


 

 

2014


 

 

2015


 

 

January


 

 

819,962


 

 

816,349


 

 

-0.4%


 

 

77.6%


 

 

80.0%


 

 

February


 

 

789,892


 

 

772,423


 

 

-2.2%


 

 

82.8%


 

 

83.8%


 

 

March


 

 

821,298


 

 

822,013


 

 

+0.1%


 

 

77.7%


 

 

80.6%


 

 

April


 

 

804,747


 

 

741,182


 

 

-7.9%


 

 

78.7%


 

 

75.1%


 

 

May


 

 

824,119


 

 

819,688


 

 

-0.5%


 

 

78.0%


 

 

80.3%


 

 

June


 

 

752,632


 

 

806,594


 

 

+7.2%


 

 

73.6%


 

 

81.7%


 

 

July


 

 

837,264


 

 

827,909


 

 

-1.1%


 

 

79.2%


 

 

81.2%


 

 

August


 

 

798,356


 

 

821,165


 

 

+2.9%


 

 

75.5%


 

 

80.5%