December 2018 Chlorine Production

Thursday, February 7, 2019

In December, the European chlorine production reached 790,632 tonnes.

With 25,504 tonnes, the December average daily production was 3.8% higher than in the previous month (November 2018: 24,568 tonnes), and 3.4% lower than in December 2017 (26,394  tonnes).

With 241,706 tonnes, the December 2018 caustic soda stocks were 21.8% higher than in the previous month (November 2018: 198,515 tonnes), and 7,457 tonnes below the level of December 2017 (249,163 tonnes).

The following tables give the details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in December 2018.

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

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2017

2018

% change

2017

2018 *

January

841,842 843,064 0.1 82.9 88.2

February

775,425 782,077 0.9 84.5 90.6

March

791,946 797,616 0.7 78.0 83.5

April

780,906 755,494 -3.3 79.4 81.7

May

835,190 813,780  -2.6  82.2 85.2

June

828,540 788,642  -4.8  84.3 85.3

July

865,803 819,044 -5.4 85.2 85.7

August

 849,817  803,431  -5.5  83.6  84.1

September

 778,222  734,297  -5.6  79.2  79.4

October

807,396 715,785 -11.3 79.5 74.9

November

828,455 737,037 -11.0 84.3 79.7

December

818,223 790,632 -3.4 80.5 82.7

*   We have updated the Capacity Utilisation based on the 2018 capacity data provided in the Euro Chlor annual statistical survey report. 2018 Capacity is used due to mercury plants closures in 2017.

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2017

2018

January

202,438 254,773

February

226,314 279,094

March

200,896 260,683

April

195,889 259,979

May

189,783 271,412

June

179,166 256,396

July

 193,778 236,654

August

208,486 241,633

September

197,706 230,979

October

206,260 197,858

November

231,533 198,514

December

249,163 241,706

For more information please contact:
Marleen Pauwels, Executive Director, Euro Chlor, +32.2.436.9500.

About Euro Chlor
Euro Chlor represents 35 full member companies producing chlorine at 65 manufacturing locations in 21 countries.

Note 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 we have to estimate when a producer is late in providing data. This is subsequently adjusted when the actual figure becomes available.