Europe Sept chlorine output up 0.8%, caustic soda stocks fall 0.04%

12 October 2012 16:18  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Average European daily chlorine production in September increased by 0.8% from August, while inventories of co-product caustic soda decreased by 0.04% in the same period, according to industry body Euro Chlor on Friday.

Average daily production of chlorine for the region comprising the 27-member European Union, Norway and Switzerland, stood at 26,520 tonnes in September, up from 26,312 tonnes in August. Caustic soda stocks decreased to 254,487 tonnes, down from 254,598 tonnes in the previous month.

Euro Chlor's year-on-year figures show that average daily chlorine production was 0.35% lower than in September 2011, while caustic soda stocks were 5,899 tonnes above the level of September 2011.

Chlorine capacity utilisation in September stood at 76.9%, up from 76.3% in the previous month, but down from 78.1% in September 2011.

Chlorine production & capacity utilisation - EU 27 + Norway/Switzerland

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

824,201

-7.3%

83.0%

77.1%

August

845,338

815,664

-3.5%

78.9%

76.3%

September

809,708

795,605

-1.7%

78.1%

76.9%

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

August

259,526

254,598

September

248,588

254,487

($1 = €0.77)

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