October 2015 Chlorine Production

Friday, December 4, 2015

In October, the European chlorine production reached 769,610 tonnes.

With 24,826 tonnes, the October average daily production was 5.3% below the level
of the previous month (September 2015: 26,210 tonnes), and 1.4% lower than in October 2014
(25,187 tonnes).

With 216,075 tonnes, the October caustic soda stocks were 10.6% lower than in the previous month (September 2015: 241,728 tonnes), and 10,757 tonnes below the level of October 2014
(226,832 tonnes).

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

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2014

2015

% change

2014

2015

January

819,962

816,349

-0.4

77.6

80.0

February 

789,892 

772,423

 -2.2

82.8

83.8

March

821,298

822,013

+0.1

77.7

80.6

April

804,747

741,182

-7.9

78.7

75.1

May

824,119

819,688

-0.5

78.0

80.3

June

752,632

806,594

+7.2

73.6

81.7

July

837,264

827,909

-1.1

79.2

81.2

August

798,356

820,153

+2.7

75.5

80.4

September

803,433

786,307

-2.1

78.6

79.6

October

780,793

769,610

-1.4

73.9

75.4

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2014

2015

January

266,079

253,562

 February

291,507

265,969 

March

284,989

270,654

April

284,036

270,081

May

279,330

251,389

June

249,010

236,553

 July

244,163

239,320

 August

253,117

242,899

September

248,129

241,728

October

226,832

216,075

Further information:
Dolf van Wijk, Executive Director,  tel: +32 2 676 73 70

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 64 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.