February 2011 Chlorine Production

Thursday, March 10, 2011

In February 2011, the European chlorine production reached 802,944 tonnes. With 28,677 tonnes, the February average daily production was 4% higher than in the previous month (January 2011: 27,575 tonnes), and 2% higher than in February 2010 (28,107 tonnes).

Despite the higher make and the spring maintenance season, the February caustic soda stocks only increased to 279,413 tonnes, i.e. an increase of 3.8% compared to the previous month (January 2011: 269,129 tonnes), and were 15,589  tonnes below the February 2010 stock (295,002 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-27 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in February 2011 are provided in the following tables.

EU 27 + Norway/Swiztzerland
Chlorine production & capacity utilisation 

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2010

2011

% change

2010

2011

January

808,563

854,821

+5.7

74.7

79.0

February

786,984

802,944

+2.0

80.5

82.2

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes) 

 

2010

2011

January

275,312

269,129

February

295,002

279,413


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 77 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.