December 2017 Chlorine Production

Friday, February 2, 2018

In December 2017 European chlorine production reached 818,223 tonnes.

With 26,394 tonnes, the December average daily production was 4.4% lower than in the previous month (November 2017: 27,615 tonnes), but 0.3% higher than in December 2016 (26,317 tonnes).

With 249,163 tonnes, the December 2017 caustic soda stocks were 7.6% higher than in the previous month (November 2017: 231,533 tonnes), and 53,937 tonnes above the level of December 2016 (195,226 tonnes).

The details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in December 2017 are provided in the following tables.

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

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2016

2017

% change

2016

2017

January 821,341 841,842 +2.5 81.9 82.9
February 805,394 775,425 -3.7 85.9 84.5
March 802,803 791,946  -1.4 80.1  78.0
April  670,713 780,906 +16.4 69.1 79.4
May 748,409 835,190 +11.6 74.7 82.2
June 751,434 828,540 +10.3 77.5 84.3
July 828,652 865,803 +4.5 82.7 85.2
August 828,695 849,161 +2.5 82.7 83.6
September 748,760 778,222 +3.9 77.2 79.2
October 766,226 807,254 +5.4 76.4 79.5
November 779,974 828,455 +6.2 80.4 84.3
December 815,827 818,223 +0.3% 81.4 80.5

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2016

2017

January 243,389 202,439
February 252,472  226,314
March 231,506 200,896
April 226,702 195,889
May 221,326 189,783
June 200,718 179,166
July 204,338 193,778
August 225,564 208,486
September 222,121 197,706
October 214,574 206,260
November 196,237 231,533
December 195,226 249,163

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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