May 2015 Chlorine Production

Friday, July 3, 2015

In May, the European chlorine production stood at 819,688 tonnes.

 With 26,442 tonnes, the May average daily production was 7.0% above the level of the previous month (April 2015: 24,706 tonnes), and 0.5% lower than in May 2014 (26,584 tonnes).

With 251,389 tonnes, the May caustic soda stocks were 6.9% lower than in the previous
month (April 2015: 270,081 tonnes), and 27,941 tonnes below the level of May 2014 (279,330 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28 countries plus Norway
and Switzerland in May 2015 are provided in the following tables.


Chlorine production & capacity utilisation - EU 28 + Norway/Switzerland  

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2014

2015

% change

2014

2015

January

819,962

816,349

-0.4

77.6

77.3

February 

789,892 

 772,424

 -2.2

 82.8

 80.9

March

821,298

822,013

+0.1

77.7

77.8

April

804,747

741,189

-7.9

78.7

72.5

May

824,119

819,688

-0.5

78.0

77.6

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2014

2015

January

266,079

253,562

 February

 291,507

265,969 

March

284,989

270,654

April

284,036

270,081

May

279,330

251,389

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 66 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.