January 2013 Chlorine Production

Monday, February 11, 2013

In January, the European chlorine production reached 819,455 tonnes.

In January, the European chlorine production reached 819,455 tonnes. With 26,434 tonnes, the January average daily production was 4.6% higher than in the previous month (December 2012: 25,277 tonnes), but 3.6% lower than in January 2012 (27,410 tonnes).

The January caustic soda stocks stood at 228,007 tonnes, i.e. 5.6% below the previous month (December 2012: 241,462 tonnes) and 22,401 tonnes below the level of January 2012 (250,408 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-27 countries plus Norway
and Switzerland in January 2013 are provided in the following tables.
 

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

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2012

2013

% change

2012

2013

January

849,719

819,455

-3.6

79.5

76.4

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2012

2013

January

250,408

228,007

 

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 71 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.