May 2012 Chlorine Production

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

In May the European chlorine production stood at 828,847 tonnes.

Brussels, 12th June 2012
 
With 26,737 tonnes, the May average daily production was 3.8% lower than in the previous month (April 2012: 27,790 tonnes), but 4.2% higher than in May 2011 (25,653 tonnes).

With 269,670 tonnes, the May caustic soda stocks were 3.6% lower than in the previous month (April 2012: 279,546 tonnes), but 32,880 tonnes above the level of May 2011 (236,790 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-27 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in May 2012 are provided in the following tables.

EU 27 + Norway/Switzerland
Chlorine production & capacity utilisation

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2011

2012

% change

2011

2012

January

861,834

847,983

-1.6

80.5

79.4

February

809,138

758,889

-6.2

83.6

76.0

March

874,060

856,902

-2.0

81.6

80.2

April

832,085

833,696

+0.2

80.3

80.7

 May

796,716 

 828,847

+4.0 

74.4 

77.6 

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2011

2012

January

271,668

244,107

February

281,587

256,523

March

243,409

250,098

April

260,675

279,546

 May

236,790 

269,670 

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 70 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.