September 2012 Chlorine Production

Friday, October 12, 2012

In September, the European chlorine production reached 795,605 tonnes.

Brussels, 12th October 2012.  In September, the European chlorine production reached 795,605 tonnes.  With 26,520 tonnes, the September average daily production was 0.8% higher than in the previous month (August 2012: 26,312 tonnes), and 0.35% lower than in September 2011 (26,614 tonnes).

The September caustic soda stocks were 254,487 tonnes, i.e. 0.04% below the previous month (August 2012: 254,598 tonnes), and were 5899 tonnes above the level of September 2011 (248,588 tonnes).

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

833,821

+0.2

80.3

80.6

May

796,716

829,051

+4.1

74.4

77.5

June

863,890

760,463

-12.0

83.4

73.5

July

889,061

824,201

-7.3

83.0

77.1

August

845,338

815,664

-3.5

78.9

76.3

September

809,708

795,605 

-1.7

78.1

76.9

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2011

2012

January

271,668

250,408

February

281,587

262,823

March

243,409

256,397

April

260,675

285,845

May

236,790

275,936

June

266,265

255,678

July

251,385

253,861

August

259,526

254,924

September 

248,588 

254,487 

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.