January 2014 Chlorine Production

Monday, March 10, 2014

In January the European chlorine production reached 821,305 tonnes.

(Note: the editing of this press release has been delayed due to the adoption by Cefic of new statistical rules. We apologize for that).

In January the European chlorine production reached 821,305 tonnes.  At 26,494 tonnes, the January average daily production was 3.0% higher than in the previous month (December 2013: 25,715 tonnes), but 0.4% lower than in January 2013 (26,593 tonnes).

The January caustic soda stocks stood at 270,088 tonnes, i.e. 5.5% below the previous
month (December 2013: 285,823 tonnes), but 42,222 tonnes above the level of January 2013 (227,866 tonnes).

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

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2013

2014

January

2227,866

270,088

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.