March 2015 Chlorine Production

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

In March, the European chlorine production reached 821,679 tonnes.

With 26,506 tonnes, the March average daily production was 4.0% below the level of the previous month (February 2015: 27,599 tonnes), and 0.05% lower than in March 2014 (26,493 tonnes).

With 270,763 tonnes, the March caustic soda stocks were 1.8% higher than in the previous month (February 2015: 265,969 tonnes), but 14,226 tonnes below the level of March 2014 (284,989 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in March 2015 are provided in the following tables.

Chlorine production & capacity utilisation - EU 28 + Norway/Switzerland 

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2014

2015

% change

2014

2015

January

819,962

816,292

-0.4

77.6

77.2

February 

789,892 

 772,759

 -2.2

 82.8

 81

March

821,298

821,679

-0.05

77.7

77.8

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2014

2015

January

266,079

253,562

 February

 291,507

265,969 

March

284,989

270,763

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 68 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.