June 2013 Chlorine Production

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

In June, the European chlorine production reached 785,643 tonnes.

At 26,188 tonnes, the June average daily production was 1 % higher than in the previous month (May 2013: 25,929 tonnes), and 3.3 % higher than in June 2012 (25,349 tonnes).

The June caustic soda stocks stood at 258,714 tonnes, i.e. 7,985 tonnes below the previous month (May 2013: 266,699 tonnes), and 1.2% above the level of June 2012 (255,678 tonnes).

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

824,396

-3.0

79.1

76.8

February

759,346

758,118

-0.2

78.3

78.2

March

858,926

809,409

-5.8

80.0

75.4

April

835,743

703,339

-15.8

80.4

67.7

May

829,050

803,796

-3.0

77.2

74.8

 June

760,462 

785,643 

+3.3 

73.2 

75.6 

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2012

2013

January

250,408

227,866

February

262,822

242,267

March

256,397

260,204

April

285,845

239,891

May

275,936

266,699

 June

255,678 

258,714 

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.