December 2016 Chlorine Production

Friday, February 3, 2017

In December 2016, the European chlorine production stood at 815,827 tonnes.

With 26,317 tonnes, the December average daily production was 1.2% higher than in the previous month (November 2016: 25,999 tonnes), and 1.1% higher than in December 2015 (26,034 tonnes).

With 195,226 tonnes, the December caustic soda stocks were 0.5% lower than in the previous month (November 2016: 196,237 tonnes), and 43,214 tonnes below the level of December 2015 (238,440 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in December 2016 are provided in the following tables.

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

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2015

2016

% change

2015

2016

January

816,474

821,341

+0.6

80.0

81.9

February

772,421

805,394

+4.3

83.8

85.9

March

822,012

802,803

-2.3

80.6

80.1

April 

741,181

670,713

-9.5

75.1

69.1

May

819,689

748,409

-8.7

80.3

74.7

June

805,807

751,434

-6.7

81.6

77.5

July

827,819

828,652

-0.1

81.1

82.7

August

820,153

828,695

+1.0

80.4

82.7

September

789,852

748,760

-5.2

80.0  77.2

October

768,019

766,226

-0.2

75.3 76.4

November

783,718

779,974

-0.5

 79.4  80.4

December

810,683

815,527

+0.6

79.5 81.4

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2015

2016

January

251,021

243,389

February

261,708

252,472

March

265,830

231,506

April

265,515

226,702

May

247,648

221,326

June

234,314

200,718

July

241,998

204,338

August

245,216

225,564

September

241,989

222,121

October

228,537

214,574

November

240,799

196,237

December

238,440

195,226

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.

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