September 2011 Chlorine Production

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

In September, the European chlorine production reached 798,069 tonnes. With 26,602 tonnes, the September average daily production was 0.8% lower than in the previous month (August 2011: 26,818 tonnes), but 4.4% higher than in September 2010 (25,481 tonnes).

With 248,581 tonnes, the September caustic soda stocks were 4.2% lower than in the previous month (August 2011: 259,580 tonnes), but 24,250 tonnes above the September 2010 level (224,331 tonnes), which was influenced by a very low operating rate.

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

831,364

-4.8 

80.7 

77.6 

September 

764,415 

798,069 

+4.4 

73.0 

77.0 

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 

259,580

September 

224,331

 248,581


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.