March 2013 Chlorine Production

Thursday, April 11, 2013

In March the European chlorine production reached 809,409 tonnes.

In March the European chlorine production reached 809,409 tonnes.  With 26,110 tonnes, the March average daily production was 3.6% lower than in the previous month (February 2013: 27,076 tonnes), and 5.8% lower than in March 2012 (27,707 tonnes).
Continued low exports allowed a recovery of the March caustic soda stocks to 260,204 tonnes, i.e. 7.4% above the previous month (February 2013: 242,267 tonnes), and 3,807 tonnes above the level of March 2012 (256,397 tonnes).
Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-27 countries plus Norway
and Switzerland in March 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

79.5

76.9

February

759,346

758,118

-0.2

75.9

78.3

 March

858,926 

809,409 

-5.8 

80.3 

75.5 

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2012

2013

January

250,408

227,866

February

262,822

242,267

March 

256,397 

260,204 

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.