US chlor-alkali production drops slightly to 80% in October

14 November 2012 16:50  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US chlor-alkali production in October fell by one percentage point to 80% of capacity from September, a trade group said on Wednesday.

US chlor-alkali production in October was 912,708 tons (828,003 tonnes) of chlorine and 968,382 tons of caustic soda, according to The Chlorine Institute.

After hovering in percentages in the mid-80s from June to August, chlor-alkali production has ramped down in the past two months. Market sources said the downturn is largely due to a set of outages, both planned and unplanned, including shutdowns due to severe weather events on the U.S. Gulf and east coasts.

Major US chlor-alkali producers include Dow, Formosa Plastics USA, Georgia Gulf, Shintech, Occidental Chemical (OxyChem) and Westlake.

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