US chlor-alkali production rises to 84% in February

21 March 2013 17:07  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--After dropping in January, US chlor-alkali production rose by four percentage points in February to 84% of capacity, a trade group said on Thursday.

US chlor-alkali production in February was 867,577 tons (787,000 tonnes) of chlorine and 901,165 tons of caustic soda, according to The Chlorine Institute.

February’s increase came after an eight-point drop in January, from 88% in December 2012, as production at several facilities experienced outages both planned and unplanned.

The increase in February reflects the fact that those facilities have begun to come back on line, as well as the start of the prime construction season in the US, where homebuilding has begun to see a more consistent recovery.

Chlorine is used in the production of vinyl products such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is used extensively in home construction.

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

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