June 2011 Chlorine Production

Friday, July 15, 2011

The June European chlorine production stood at 853,341 tonnes. With 28,445 tonnes, the June average daily production was 11.7% higher than in the previous month (May 2011: 25,473 tonnes), and 1.2% higher than in June 2010 (28,117 tonnes).

Despite the rebound in production, the June caustic soda stocks only stood at 265,167 tonnes, a 13,1% increase compared to the previous month (May 2011: 234,405 tonnes), and 13,043 tonnes more than in June 2010 (252,124 tonnes).

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

824,602

-1.2

79.7

79.6

May

872,472

789,676

-9.5

80.6

73.7

June

843,513

853,341

+1.2

80.6

82.3

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes) 

 

2010

2011

January

275,312

269,129

February

295,002

279,512

March

255,758

241,006

April

246,044

255,642

May

260,670

234,405

June

252,124

265,167


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.