February 2015 Chlorine Production

Friday, April 3, 2015

In February, the European chlorine production reached 769,685 tonnes.

Brussels, 3rd April 2015 – In February, the European chlorine production reached 769,685 tonnes.  With 27,489 tonnes, the February average daily production was 4.4% above the level of the previous month (January 2015: 26,332 tonnes), but 2.6% lower than in February 2014 (28,210 tonnes).

With 263,314 tonnes, the February caustic soda stocks were 3.8% higher than in the previous
month (January 2015: 253,710 tonnes), but 28,193 tonnes below the level of February 2014 (291,507 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28 countries plus Norway
and Switzerland in January 2015 are provided in the following tables.

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

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2014

2015

% change

2014

2015

January

819,962

816,292

-0.4

77.6

77.2

February 

789,892 

 769,685

 -2.6

 82.8

 80.6

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2014

2015

January

266,079

255,830

 February

 291,507

263,314 

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.