May 2016 Chlorine Production

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

In May the European chlorine production reached 743,247 tonnes.

With 23,976 tonnes, the May average daily production was 7.2% above the level of the previous month (April 2016: 22,360 tonnes), but 9.3% lower than in May 2015 (26,442 tonnes).

With 220,393 tonnes, the May caustic soda stocks were 2.4% lower than in the previous month (April 2016: 225,887 tonnes), and 27,255 tonnes below the level of May 2015 (247,648 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in May 2016 are provided in the following tables.

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

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2015

2016

% change

2015

2016

January

816,474

821,649

+0.6

80.0

80.8

February

772,421

805,561

+4.3

83.8

84.6

March

822,012

803,023

-2.2

80.6

79.0

April 

741,181

670,786

-9.5

75.1

70.3

May

819,689

743,247

-9.3

80.3

75.4

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2015

2016

January

251,021

243,570

February

261,708

251,598

March

265,830

231,115

April

265,515

225,887

May

247,648

220,393

Further information:
Dolf van Wijk, Executive Director,  tel: +32 2 676 73 70

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.

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