December 2014 Chlorine Production

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

In December the December European chlorine production reached 807,363 tonnes.

With 26,044 tonnes, the December average daily production was 1.7% above the level of the previous month (November 2014: 25,601 tonnes) and 1.3% higher than in December 2013 (25,715 tonnes).

With 249,515 tonnes, the December caustic soda stocks were 0.1% lower than in the previous
month (November 2014: 249,718 tonnes), and 36,308 tonnes below the level of December 2013 (285,823 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28 countries plus Norway
and Switzerland in December 2014 are provided in the following tables.
 

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

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2013

2014

% change

2013

2014

January

824,396

819,962

-0.5

76.8

77.6

February 

758,118

789,892

+4.2 

78.2

82.8 

March

809,409

821,298

+1.5

75.4

77.7

April

703,339

804,747

+14.4

67.7

78.7

May

803,796

824,119

+2.5

74.8

78

June

787,053

752,632

-4.4

75.7

73.6

 July

833,471

 837,195

 +0.4

 77.6

 79.2

 August

 784,061

 798,356

 +1.8

 73.0

75.5 

September

757,742

803,433

+6.0

72.9

78.6

October

792,025

780,793

-1.4

73.7

73.9

November

804,908

768,027

-4.6

77.4

75.1

December

797,167

807,363

+1.3

74.2

76.4

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes) 

 

2013

2014

January

227,866

270,079

February 

242,267 

295,507 

March

260,204

284,989

April

239,891

284,036

May

266,699

279,330

June

258,578

249,010

 July

 247,270

 244,163

 August

 262,451

 253,117

September

264,005

248,129

October

250,183

226,832

November

260,534

249,718

December

285,823  249,515 

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 66 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.