February 2014 Chlorine Production

Monday, April 7, 2014

In February 2014 the European chlorine production reached 789,892 tonnes.

Brussels, 7th April 2014 – In February the European chlorine production reached 789,892 tonnes.  With 28,210 tonnes – a record number since June 2011 –, the February average daily production was 6.7% higher than in the previous month (January 2014: 26,450 tonnes), and 4.2% higher than in February 2013 (27,076 tonnes).

The February caustic soda stocks stood at 295,507 tonnes, i.e. 9.4% above the previous month (January 2014: 270,079 tonnes), and 53,240 tonnes above the level of February 2013 (242,267 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-27 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in February 2014 are provided in the following tables.

Chlorine production & capacity utilisation - EU 27 + Norway/Switzerland 

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2013

2014

% change

2013

2014

January

824,396

821,305

-0.4

76.8

76.5

February 

 758,118

 789,892

+4.2% 

 78.2%

81.4% 

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2013

2014

January

227,866

270,088

February 

242,267 

295,507 

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 68 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.