November 2011 Chlorine Production

Monday, December 12, 2011

In November, the European chlorine production reached 769,364 tonnes. With 25,645 tonnes, the November average daily production was 0.2% lower than in the previous month (October 2011: 25,692 tonnes), and 8.1% lower than in November 2010 (27,896 tonnes).

With 267,732 tonnes, the November caustic soda stocks were 10.6% higher than in the previous month (October 2011: 242,103 tonnes), but 51,573 tonnes above the extreme low point of November 2010 (216,159 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-27 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in November 2011 are provided in the following tables.

EU 27 + Norway/Switzerland
Chlorine production & capacity utilisation

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2010

2011

% change

2010

2011

January

808,563

860,558

+6.4

74.7

80.4

February

786,984

808,851

+2.8

80.5

83.6

March

845,597

872,912

+3.2

78.2

81.5

April

834,652

832,047

-0.3

79.7

80.3

May

872,472

795,252

-8.9

80.6

74.3

June

843,513

860,327

+2,0

80.6

83.0

July

854,731

887,702

+3.9

79.0

82.9

August

873,015

831,385

-4.8

80.7

77.6

September

764,415

798,408

+4.4

73.0

77.0

October

809,582

796,446

-1.6

74.8

74.4

November 

836,890 

769,364 

-8.1 

79.9 

74.2 

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)


 

2010

2011

January

275,312

271,668

February

295,002

281,708

March

255,758

243,406

April

246,044

260,459

May

260,670

236,790

June

252,124

266,265

July

238,609

251,382

August

246,001

259,528

September

224,331

248,558

October

221,109

242,103

November 

216,159 

267,732 

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 77 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.