December 2010 Chlorine Production

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

In December 2010, the European chlorine production stood at 808,717 tonnes. With 26,088 tonnes, the December average daily production was 6.5% lower than in the previous month (November 2010: 27,896 tonnes), but 9.7% higher than in December 2009 (23,784 tonnes).

2010 began a recovery of the European chloralkali industry with an overall chlorine make 881,303 tonnes above the 2009 figure and caustic soda exports 125,127 tonnes lower than 2009 (an increase in apparent European caustic soda consumption of just over one million tonnes).

The December 2010 caustic soda stocks reached 242,284 tonnes, i.e. a 12.1% increase compared to the previous month (November 2010: 216,159 tonnes), and 8,472 tonnes below the December 2009 level (250,756 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-27 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in December 2010 are provided in the following tables.


EU 27 + Norway/Switzerland
Chlorine production & capacity utilisation

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2009

2010

% change

2009

2010

January

665,891

808,563

+21.4%

60.4%

74.7%

February

740,603

786,984

+6.3%

74.4%

80.5%

March

738,872

845,597

+14.4%

67.0%

78.2%

April

670,349

834,652

+24.5%

62.8%

79.7%

May

764,103

872,472

+14.2%

69.3%

80.6%

June

761,270

843,513

+10.8%

71.3%

80.6%

July

826,136

854,731

+3.5%

74.9%

79.0%

August

771,139

873,015

+13.2%

69.9%

80.7%

September

773,029

764,415

-1.1%

72.4%

73.0%

October

796,811

809,582

+1.6%

72.3%

74.8%

November

812,307

836,890

+3.0%

76.1%

79.9%

December

737,319

808,717

+9.7%

66.9%

74.8%

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)


 

2009

2010

January

242,588

275,312

February

293,675

295,002

March

352,685

255,758

April

349,259

246,044

May

341,344

260,670

June

304,845

252,124

July

332,600

238,609

August

279,851

246,001

September

240,641

224,331

October

242,369

221,109

November

255,645

216,159

December

250,756

242,284


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.