March 2017 Chlorine Production


With 25,543 tonnes, the March average daily production was 7.5% lower than in the previous month (February 2017: 27,618 tonnes), and 1.4% lower than in March 2016 (25,897 tonnes).

With 197,864 tonnes, the March caustic soda stocks were 12% lower than in the previous month (February 2017: 224,810 tonnes), and 33,642 tonnes below the level of March 2016 (231,506 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28 countries plus Norway
and Switzerland in March 2017 are provided in the following tables.

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

Month Production (tonnes) Capacity Utilisation (%)
2016 2017 % change 2016 2017
January 821,341 840,988 +2.4 81.9 83.7
February 805,394 773,293 -4.0 85.9 85.2
March  802,803 791,833  -1.4 80.1  78.8

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

2016 2017
January 243,389 199,856
February 252,472 224,810
March  231,506 197,864

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.

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