November 2013 Chlorine Production

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

In November, the European chlorine production reached 804,255 tonnes.

At 26,809 tonnes, the November average daily production was 4.9% higher than in the previous month (October 2013: 25,549 tonnes), and equal to the November 2012 one.

In November, the caustic soda stocks reached 258,677 tonnes, i.e.3.4 % above the previous month (October 2013: 250,183 tonnes), and 39,493 tonnes above the level of November 2012 (219,184 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-27 countries plus Norway
and Switzerland in November 2013 are provided in the following tables.

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

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2012

2013

% change

2012

2013

January

849,719

824,396

-3.0

79.5

76.8

February

759,346

758,118

-0.2

75.9

78.2

March

858,926

809,409

-5.8

80.3

75.4

April

835,743

703,339

-15.8

80.8

67.7

May

829,050

803,796

-3.0

77.2

74.8

June

760,462

787,053

+3.5

73.2

75.7

July

829,458

833,471

+0.5

77.2

77.6

August

821,323

784,061

-4.5

76.5

73.0

September

800,537

757,742

-5.3

77.0

72.9

October

766,899

792,025

+3.3

71.4

73.7

November 

804,267 

804,255 

 -0.0

77,4 

77,4 

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2012

2013

January

250,408

227,866

February

262,822

242,267

March

256,397

260,204

April

285,845

239,891

May

275,936

266,699

June

255,678

258,578

July

253,861

247,270

August

255,696

262,451

September

255,458

264,005

 October

213,986 

249,942 

November 

 219,184

258,677 

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 68 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.