January 2011 Chlorine Production

Friday, February 11, 2011

In January 2011, the European chlorine production reached 854,452 tonnes. With 27,563 tonnes, the January average daily production was 5.7% higher than in the previous month (December 2010: 26,076 tonnes), and equally 5.7% higher than in January 2010 (26,083 tonnes).

Despite the higher make and low exports, the January caustic soda stocks only increased to 269,129 tonnes, i.e. an increase of 10.4% compared to the previous month (December 2010: 243,693 tonnes), and 6,183 tonnes less than in January 2010 (275,312 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-27 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in January 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

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes) 

 

2010

2011

January

275,312

269,129


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.