March 2011 Chlorine Production

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

In March 2011, the European chlorine production stood at 866,311 tonnes. With 27,946 tonnes, the March average daily production was 2.7% lower than in the previous month (February 2011: 28,712 tonnes), but 2.5% higher than in March 2010 (27,277 tonnes).

The March caustic soda stocks fell to 241,116 tonnes, i.e. a 13.7% drop compared to the previous month (February 2011: 279,413 tonnes), and 14,642 tonnes less than in March 2010 (255,758 tonnes).

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

79.0

February

786,984

803,931

+2.2

80.5

82.3

March

845,597

866,311

+2.4

78.2

80.1

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes) 

 

2010

2011

January

275,312

269,129

February

295,002

279,413

March

255,758

241,116


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.