May 2018 Chlorine Production

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

In May 2018, the European chlorine production reached 811,608 tonnes.

With 26,181 tonnes, the May average daily production was 4.2% higher than in the previous month (April 2018: 25,124 tonnes), but 2.8% lower than in May 2017 (26,942 tonnes).

With 271,412 tonnes, the May 2018 caustic soda stocks were 4.4% higher than in the previous month (April 2018: 259,979 tonnes), and 81,629 tonnes above the level of May 2017 (189,783 tonnes).

The following tables give the details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in May 2018.

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

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2017

2018

% change

2017

2018 *

January

841,842 843,062 0.2 82.9 88.2

February

775,425 782,026 0.9 84.5 90.6

March

791,946 797,134 0.7 78.0 83.4

April

780,906 753,715 -3.5 79.4 81.5

May

835,190 811,608  -2.8  82.2  84.9

*   We have updated theCapacity Utilisation based on the 2018 capacity data provided in the Euro Chlor annual statistical survey report. 2018 Capacity is used due to mercury plants closures in 2017.

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2017

2018

January

202,438 254,773

February

226,314 279,094

March

200,896 260,683

April

195,889 259,979

May

189,783 271,412

For more information please contact:
Dolf van Wijk, Executive Director, Euro Chlor, +32 2.676.73.70.

About Euro Chlor
Euro Chlor represents 35 full member companies producing chlorine at 65 manufacturing locations in 21 countries.

Note 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.