August 2018 Chlorine Production

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The August European chlorine production reached 803,353 tonnes.

With 25,915 tonnes, the August average daily production was 1.9% lower than in the previous month (July 2018: 26,425 tonnes) and 5.5% lower than in August 2017 (27,413 tonnes).

With 241,633 tonnes, the August 2018 caustic soda stocks were 2.1% higher than in the previous month (July 2018: 236,654 tonnes), and 33,147 tonnes above the level of August 2017 (208,486 tonnes).

The following tables give the details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in August 2018.

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

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2017

2018

% change

2017

2018 *

January

841,842 843,120 0.2 82.9 88.2

February

775,425 782,082 0.9 84.5 90.6

March

791,946 797,619 0.7 78.0 83.5

April

780,906 755,540 -3.2 79.4 81.7

May

835,190 813,808  -2.6  82.2 85.2

June

828,540 788,745  -4.8  84.3 85.3

July

865,803 819,175 -5.4 85.2 85.7

August

 849,817  803,353  -5.5  83.6  84.1

*   We have updated the Capacity Utilisation based on the 2018 capacity data provided in the Euro Chlor annual statistical survey report. 2018 Capacity is used due to mercury plants closures in 2017.

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2017

2018

January

202,438 254,773

February

226,314 279,094

March

200,896 260,683

April

195,889 259,979

May

189,783 271,412

June

179,166 256,396

July

 193,778 236,654

August

208,486 241,633

For more information please contact:
Dolf van Wijk, Executive Director, Euro Chlor, +32 2.676.73.70.

About Euro Chlor
Euro Chlor represents 35 full member companies producing chlorine at 65 manufacturing locations in 21 countries.

Note 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 we have to estimate when a producer is late in providing data. This is subsequently adjusted when the actual figure becomes available.