May 2017 Chlorine Production

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The May European chlorine production stood at 831,218 tonnes.

With 26,813 tonnes, the May average daily production was 3.2% higher than in the previous month (April 2017: 25,988 tonnes), and 11.1% higher than in May 2016 (24,142 tonnes).

With 189,025 tonnes, the May caustic soda stocks were 3.2% lower than in the previous month (April 2017: 195,342 tonnes), and 32,301 tonnes below the level of May 2016 (221,326 tonnes).

Details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-28 countries plus Norway
and Switzerland in May 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

840,794

+2.4

81.9

82.8

February 805,394 773,366 -4.0  85.9 84.3
March 802,803 790,151  -1.6 80.1  77.8
April  670,713 779,636 +16.2 69.1 79.3
May 748,409 831,218 +11.1 74.7 81.8

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2016

2017

January

243,389

201,799

February 252,472  226,684
March  231,506 200,342
April 226,702 195,342
May 221,326 189,025

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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