October 2011 Chlorine Production Figures

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The October European chlorine production stood at 796,446 tonnes. With 25,692 tonnes, the October average daily production was 3.5% lower than in the previous month (September 2011: 26,614 tonnes), and 1.6% lower than in October 2010 (26,116 tonnes).

With 242,103 tonnes, the October caustic soda stocks were 2.6% lower than in the previous month (September 2011: 248,558 tonnes), but 20,994 tonnes above the exceptionally low October 2010 level (221,109 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-27 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in October 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 

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

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.