July 2011 Chlorine Production

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

In July, the European chlorine production reached 879,744 tonnes. With 28,379 tonnes, the July average daily production was 0.2% lower than in the previous month (June 2011: 28,445 tonnes), but 2.9% higher than in July 2010 (27,572 tonnes).

The July caustic soda stocks dropped to 250,792 tonnes, a 5.2% decrease compared to the previous month (June 2011: 264,620 tonnes), but 12,183 tonnes above the dip of July 2010 (238,609 tonnes).

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

854,826

+5.7

74.7

79.8

February

786,984

803,931

+2.2

80.5

83.1

March

845,597

867,472

+2.6

78.2

81.0

April

834,652

825,043

-1.2

79.7

79.6

May

872,472

790,396

-9.4

80.6

73.8

June

843,513

853,363

+1.2

80.6

82.3

July

854,731

879,744

+2.9

79.0

82.1

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)


 

2010

2011

January

275,312

269,129

February

295,002

279,512

March

255,758

241,006

April

246,044

255,828

May

260,670

234,135

June

252,124

264,620

July

238,609

250,792


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.