September 2015 Chlorine Production

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

In September, the European chlorine production stood at 783,005 tonnes.

With 26,100 tonnes, the September average daily production was 1.3% below the level of the previous month (August 2015: 26,457 tonnes), and 2.5% lower than in September 2014 (26,781 tonnes).

With 241,492 tonnes, the September caustic soda stocks were 0.6% lower than in the previous month (August 2015: 242,899 tonnes), and 6,637 tonnes below the level of September 2014 (248,129 tonnes).
Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28 countries plus Norway and Switzerland in May 2015 are provided in the following tables.

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

783,005

-2.5

78.6

79.3

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

241,492

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.