May 2013 Chlorine Production

Thursday, June 13, 2013

In May the European chlorine production reached 803,692 tonnes.

At 25,926 tonnes (recovering from the effects of maintenance outages frequently mentioned in the press) the May average daily production was 10.6 % higher than in the previous month (April 2013: 23,445 tonnes), and 3.1 % lower than in May 2012 (26,744 tonnes).

With continuing low exports the May caustic soda stocks stood at 266,812 tonnes, i.e. 26,921 tonnes above the previous month (April 2013: 239,891 tonnes), and 3.3% below the level of May 2012 (275,935 tonnes).

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

April

835,743

703,339

-15.8

80.8

67.8

 May

829,050 

803,692 

-3.1 

 77.2

74.8 

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2012

2013

January

250,408

227,866

February

262,822

242,267

March

256,397

260,204

April

285,845

239,891

 May

275,935 

266,812 

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.