December 2015 Chlorine Production

Thursday, February 4, 2016

In December 2015, the European chlorine production reached 807,055 tonnes.

With 26,034 tonnes, the December average daily production was 0.01% below the level of the previous month (November 2015: 26,036 tonnes), and 0.04% lower than in December 2014 (26,044 tonnes).

With 238,440 tonnes, the December caustic soda stocks were 1% lower than in the previous month (November 2015: 240,799 tonnes), and 11,075 tonnes below the level of December 2014
(249,515 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in December 2015 are provided in the following tables.
 

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

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2014

2015

% change

2014

2015

January

819,962

816,474

-0.4

77.6

80.0

February 

789,892 

772,421

-2.2

82.8

83.8

March

821,298

822,012

+0.1

77.7

80.6

April

804,747

741,181

-7.9

78.7

75.1

May

824,119

819,689

-0.5

78.0

80.3

June

752,632

805,807

+7.1

73.6

81.6

July

837,264

827,819

-1.1

79.2

81.1

August

798,356

820,153

+2.7

75.5

80.4

September

803,433

786,307

-2.1

78.6

79.6

October

780,793

769,144

-1.5

73.9

75.4

November

768,027

781,094

+1.7

75.1

79.1

December

807,363

807,055

-.004

76.4

79.1

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2014

2015

January

266,079

251,021

 February

291,507

261,708

March

284,989

265,830

April

284,036

265,515

May

279,330

247,648

June

249,010

234,314

 July

244,163

241,998

 August

253,117

245,216

September

248,129

241,989

October

226,832

228,537

November

249,718

240,799

December

249,515

238,440

Further information:
Dolf van Wijk, Executive Director,  tel: +32 2 676 73 70

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 64 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.