Europe chlorine production, caustic soda stocks up in November

11 December 2012 14:21  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Average European daily chlorine production in November rose by 8.4% from October, according to industry body Euro Chlor on Tuesday.

Average daily production of chlorine for the region comprising the 27-member EU, Norway and Switzerland stood at 26,809 tonnes in November, compared with 24,739 tonnes in October.

A consequence of October's low chlorine make was a 41,472-tonne reduction in co-product caustic soda stocks, said Euro Chlor.

Despite the November recovery for chlorine, caustic soda stocks at the end of November, at 219,184 tonnes, remained close to the all-time low set by October's revised figure of 213,986 tonnes, and was 47,374 tonnes below the November 2011 figure of 266,558 tonnes.

Euro Chlor’s year-on-year figures showed that average daily chlorine production in November was 5.2% higher than the year before.

Chlorine capacity utilisation stood at 77.7% in November, up from 71.7% in October, and 74.7% in November 2011.

By: Glynn Garlick

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