December 2011 Chlorine Production

Thursday, January 12, 2012

In December, the European chlorine production stood at 763,911 tonnes. With 24,642 tonnes, the December average daily production was 3.3% lower than in the previous month (November 2011: 25,475 tonnes), and 5.5% lower than in December 2010 (26,076 tonnes).

With 233,029 tonnes, the December caustic soda stocks were 12.6% lower than in the previous month (November 2011: 266,600 tonnes), and 10,664 tonnes below the level of December 2010 (243,693 tonnes). 

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

EU 27 + Norway/Switzerland
Chlorine production & capacity utilisation

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2010

2011

% change

2010

2011

January

808,563

860,558

+6.4

74.7

80.4

February

786,984

808,851

+2.8

80.5

83.6

March

845,597

872,912

+3.2

78.2

81.5

April

834,652

832,047

-0.3

79.7

80.3

May

872,472

795,252

-8.9

80.6

74.3

June

843,513

860,327

+2,0

80.6

83.0

July

854,731

887,702

+3.9

79.0

82.9

August

873,015

831,385

-4.8

80.7

77.6

September

764,415

798,408

+4.4

73.0

77.0

October

809,582

796,446

-1.6

74.8

74.4

November

836,890

764,241

-8.7

79.9

73.7

December 

808,350 

763,911 

 -5.5

 74.7

71.3 

 

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2010

2011

January

275,312

271,668

February

295,002

281,708

March

255,758

243,406

April

246,044

260,459

May

260,670

236,790

June

252,124

266,265

July

238,609

251,382

August

246,001

259,528

September

224,331

248,558

October

221,109

242,103

November

216,159

266,600

 December

243,693 

233,029 

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.