May 2011 Chlorine Production

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The May European chlorine production stood at 789,576 tonnes. With 25,470 tonnes, the May average daily production was 7.3% lower than in the previous month (April 2011: 27,487 tonnes), and 9.5% lower than in May 2010 (28,144 tonnes).

The May caustic soda stocks stood at 234,405 tonnes, an 8.3% decrease compared to the previous month (April 2011: 255,642 tonnes), and 26,265 tonnes less than in May 2010 (260,670 tonnes).

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

867,472

+2.6

78.2

80.2

April

834,652

824,602

-1.2

79.7

78.8

May

872,472

789,576

-9.5

80.6

73.0

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes) 

 

2010

2011

January

275,312

269,129

February

295,002

279,512

March

255,758

241,006

April

246,044

255,642

May

260,670

234,405


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.