Chlorine and alkali (potassium and sodium hydroxide) chemistry are essential building blocks for the manufacture of numerous products that we rely on every day across Europe and the world. Everyone knows that chlorine enables safe drinking water and healthy swimming pools, but without it many industrial and manufacturing value chains could not exist.
Chlorine and alkali (potassium and sodium hydroxide) chemistry are both necessary for the manufacture of vital products that we rely on, including plastics (especially PVC and polyurethane), solvents, medical products and fire protection. Find out more below about the main areas of use, as well as a detailed overview of each product and its end use on the chlorine and caustic soda trees. An overview can also be seen in our overarching documentary, as well as our Chorine Things and Mr C videos and our 17 Successes programme.
Chlor-alkali will also help develop the innovative materials that we will need in the future.
See examples of these in our Innovation section.