March 2016 Chlorine Production

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

In March, the European chlorine production reached 803,921 tonnes.

With 25,933 tonnes, the March average daily production was 6.6% below the level of the previous month (February 2016: 27,778 tonnes), and 2.2% lower than in March 2015 (26,517 tonnes).

With 233,043 tonnes, the March caustic soda stocks were 6.6% lower than in the previous month (February 2016: 249,406 tonnes), and 32,787 tonnes below the level of March 2015 (265,830 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in March 2016 are provided in the following tables.
 
Chlorine production & capacity utilisation - EU 28 + Norway/Switzerland 
 

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2015

2016

% change

2015

2016

January

816,474

821,649

+0.6

80.0

80.8

February

772,421

805,561

+4.3

83.8

84.6

March

822,012

803,921

-2.2

80.6

79.0

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2015

2016

January

251,021

243,570

February

261,708

249,406

March

265,830

233,043

Further information:
Dolf van Wijk, Executive Director,  tel: +32 2 676 73 70

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 64 manufacturing location. Chlorine and its co-product caustic soda (sodium hydroxide are two key chemical building blocks that underpin 55% of European chemical industry turnover.