December 2013 Chlorine Production

Friday, January 17, 2014

In December European chlorine production reached 797,201 tonnes.

 At 25,716 tonnes, the December average daily production was 4.2% lower than in the previous month (November 2013: 26,830 tonnes), but 1.7% higher than in December 2012
(25,277 tonnes).

In December, the caustic soda stocks stood at 285,740 tonnes, i.e. 9.7% above the previous
month (November 2013: 260,534 tonnes), and 44,278 tonnes above the level of December 2012 (241,462 tonnes).

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

784,061

-4.5

76.5

73.0

September

800,537

757,742

-5.3

77.0

72.9

October

766,899

792,025

+3.3

71.4

73.7

November

804,267

804,908

+0.1

77.4

77,4

December 

783,584 

797,201 

+1.7 

73.0 

74.2 

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

262,451

September

255,458

264,005

October

213,986

250,183

November

219,184

260,534

December 

 241,462

285,740 

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 68 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.