November 2012 Chlorine Production

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

In November, the European chlorine production reached 804,267 tonnes.

In November, the European chlorine production reached 804,267 tonnes.  With 26,809 tonnes, the November average daily production was 8.4% higher than in the previous month (October 2012: 24,739 tonnes), and 5.2% higher than in November 2011 (25,475 tonnes).

A consequence of October's unusually low chlorine make was a 41,472-tonne reduction in caustic soda stocks.  Despite the November recovery for chlorine, caustic soda stocks at the end of November (219,184 tonnes) remain close to the all-time low set by October's revised stock figure (213,986 tonnes) and 47,374 tonnes below November 2011 (266,558 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-27 countries plus Norway
and Switzerland in November 2012 are provided in the following tables.

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

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2011

2012

% change

2011

2012

January

861,834

849,431

-1.4

80.5

79.5

February

809,138

759,089

-6.2

83.6

75.9

March

874,060

858,271

-1.8

81.6

80.3

April

832,085

833,820

+2.0

80.3

80.6

May

796,716

829,050

+4.1

74.4

77.5

June

863,890

760,463

-12.0

83.4

73.5

July

889,061

829,458

-6.7

83.0

77.6

August

845,338

821,323

-2.8

78.9

76.8

September

809,708

800,537

-1.1

78.1

77.4

October

807,205

766,899

-5.0

75.4

71.7

 November

774,311 

804,267 

+3.9 

74.7 

77.7 

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2011

2012

January

271,668

250,408

February

281,587

262,822

March

243,409

256,397

April

260,675

285,845

May

236,790

275,936

June

266,265

255,678

July

251,385

254,833

August

259,526

255,696

September

248,588

255,458

October

242,282

213,986

 November

266,558 

219,184 

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 71 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.