Europe March chlorine utilisation falls, caustic soda stocks rise

11 April 2013 12:37  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Average European daily chlorine production in March 2013 fell by 3.6% month on month, industry body Euro Chlor said on Thursday.

Average daily chlorine production for the region – comprising the EU, Norway and Switzerland – stood at 26,110 tonnes, compared with 27,076 tonnes/day in February 2013.

Production during the month was 5.8% lower year on year, from 27,707 tonnes/day on average in March 2012.

Continued low exports allowed a recovery of March caustic soda stocks to 260,204 tonnes, 7.4% above the previous month’s figure of 242,267 tonnes, Euro Chlor said.

Caustic soda stocks were 3,807 tonnes above the level of 256,397 tonnes in March 2012.

Chlorine capacity utilisation stood at 75.5% in March, compared with 78.3% the previous month, and 80.3% in March 2012.

By: Glynn Garlick

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