May 2014 Chlorine Production

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

In May, the European chlorine production reached 823,201 tonnes.

With 26,555 tonnes, the May average daily production was 1.0% below the level of the previous month (April 2014: 26,825 tonnes), but 2.4% higher than in May 2013 (25,929 tonnes).

With 279,330 tonnes, the May caustic soda stocks were 1.7% lower than in the previous
month (April 2014: 284,036 tonnes),but 12,631 tonnes above the level of May 2013 (266,699 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-27 countries plus Norway
and Switzerland in April 2014 are provided in the following tables.

Chlorine production & capacity utilisation - EU 27 + Norway/Switzerland 
 

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2013

2014

% change

2013

2014

January

824,396

819,962

-0.5

76.8

77.6

February 

 758,118

789,892

+4.2 

78.2

82.8 

March

809,409

821,298

+1.5

75.4

77.7

April

703,339

804,747

+14.4

67.7

78.7

May

803,796

823,201

+2.4

74.8

77.9

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

 

2013

2014

January

227,866

270,079

February 

242,267 

295,507 

March

260,204

284,989

April

239,891

284,036

May

266,699

279,330

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.