May average daily chlorine production in Europe falls 7.3%

09 June 2011 16:33  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Average daily chlorine production in the EU plus Norway and Switzerland fell by 7.3% in May from the previous month, while inventories of co-product caustic soda decreased by 8.3%, industry body Euro Chlor said on Thursday.

Average daily output of chlorine was 25,470 tonnes in May compared with 27,487 in April. On a year-on-year basis, May output was 9.5% lower.

The region produced 789,576 tonnes of chlorine in May compared with 824,602 tonnes in April.

Average capacity utilisation fell by 5.8 percentage points from April to 73% in May.

Caustic soda stocks reached 234,405 tonnes, an 8.3% decrease from April. This was the lowest level of inventories recorded in 2011. Year-on-year, stocks were 26,265 tonnes below May 2010.

 

EU 27 + Norway/Switzerland

Chlorine production & capacity utilisation

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)

 

2010

2011

% change

2010

2011

January

808,563

854,826

+5.7%

74.7%

79.0%

February

786,984

803,931

+2.2%

80.5%

82.3%

March

845,597

867,472

+2.6%

78.2%

80.2%

April

834,652

824,602

-1.2%

79.7%

78.8%

May

872,472

789,576

-9.5%

80.6%

73.0%

 

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)

 

2010

2011

January

275,312

269,129

February

295,002

279,512

March

255,758

241,006

April

246,044

255,642

May

260,670

234,405

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By: Jane Massingham
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