January 2016 Chlorine Production

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

In January, the European chlorine production reached 819,513 tonnes.

With 26,436 tonnes, the January average daily production was 1.5% above the level of the previous month (December 2015: 26,034 tonnes), and 0.4% higher than in January 2015 (26,338 tonnes).

With 249,154 tonnes, the January caustic soda stocks were 4.5% higher than in the previous month (December 2015: 238,440 tonnes), but 1,867 tonnes below the level of January 2015
(251,021 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in January 2016 are provided in the following tables.

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

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2015

2016

% change

2015

2016

January

816,474

819,513

+0.4

80.0

80.3

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2015

2016

January

251,021

249,154

Further information:
Dolf van Wijk, Executive Director,  tel: +32 2 676 73 70

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 64 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.