September 2013 Chlorine Production

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The September European chlorine production stood at 757,562 tonnes.

At 25,252 tonnes, the September average daily production was 0.2% lower than in the previous month (August 2013: 25,292 tonnes), and 5.4% lower than in September 2012 (26,685 tonnes).

The September caustic soda stocks reached 263,731 tonnes, i.e. 0.5% above the previous month (August 2013: 262,451 tonnes), and 8,273 tonnes above the level of September 2012 (255,458 tonnes).

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

783,468

-4.6

76.5

73.0

 September

800,537 

757,562 

-5.4 

77.0 

72.9 

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 

263,731 

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.