Europe July chlorine output up 4.9%, caustic soda stocks fall 0.7%

10 August 2012 12:49  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Average European daily chlorine production in July increased by 4.9% from June, while inventories of co-product caustic soda decreased by 0.7% in the same period, according to industry body Euro Chlor on Friday.

Average daily production of chlorine for the region comprising the EU27, Norway and Switzerland, stood at 26,589 tonnes in July, up from 25,349 tonnes in June.

Despite low export volumes and a significantly higher chlorine make, caustic soda stocks fell to 253,861 tonnes, down from 255,678 tonnes in the previous month.

Euro Chlor's year-on-year figures show that average daily chlorine production was 7.1% lower than in July 2011, while caustic soda stocks were 2,476 tonnes above the level of July 2011.

Chlorine capacity utilisation in July stood at 77.1%, up from 73.5% in the previous month, but down from 83.0% in July 2011.

EU 27 + Norway/Switzerland
Chlorine production & capacity utilisation

Month

Production (tonnes)

Capacity Utilisation (%)


2011

2012

% change

2011

2012

January

861,834

849,431

-1.4%

80.5%

79.5%

February

809,138

759,089

-6.2%

83.6%

75.9%

March

874,060

858,271

-1.8%

81.6%

80.3%

April

832,085

833,821

+0.2%

80.3%

80.6%

May

796,716

829,051

+4.1%

74.4%

77.5%

June

863,890

760,463

-12.0%

83.4%

73.5%

July

889,061

824,253

-7.3%

83.0%

77.1%

Caustic soda stocks (tonnes)


2011

2012

January

271,668

250,408

February

281,587

262,822

March

243,409

256,397

April

260,675

285,845

May

236,790

275,936

June

266,265

255,678

July

251,385

253,861

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