Competitiveness

“Euro Chlor members have adapted to the COVID-19 crisis over the past year whilst simultaneously adopting new sustainability measures, showing our commitment to remaining a vital part of Europe in 2050 ”

Jürgen Baune

Chairman of the Management Committee

Member investments continued despite turbulence and new partners joined

Several significant investments were completed by members during 2019/2020 along the entire chlor-alkali value chain. In addition, the Euro Chlor family expanded further with new partners joining:

2019 chlorine production

According to Cefic figures, 9,416 kilotonnes of chlorine were produced in 2019, which is almost equal to the 2018 production level. Meanwhile, overall production in the EU chemical sector decreased by 1.1% in 2019, which means that chlorine production performed better than the average chemical industry production.

However, the capacity expansions implemented over the last year (162 kilotonnes or 1.4%) did not materialise, which led to a drop in the utilisation rate from 82.3% in 2018 to 81.0% in 2019.

Manufacturing Technology

Membrane is the dominant technology to produce chlor-alkali in Europe, with 83.3% of the installed capacity in Europe being based on this. Diaphragm technology, meanwhile, represents 11.6% of capacity and the remaining 5.1% covers chlorine-alcoholate production, hydrochloric acid conversion to chlorine, metal production and chlorine and caustic production without hydrogen as a by-product.

of European chlor-alkali uses membrane-based production technology

2019 chlorine and caustic soda applications

CHLORINE PRODUCTION PLANTS

1st January 2020 capacities
Country Company Site Total (kilotonnes chlorine) D M Others
Austria Donau Chemie Brückl 75 75
Austria Total 75 0 75 0
Belgium INOVYN Lillo 500 500
Belgium INOVYN Jemeppe 174 174
Belgium Vynova Tessenderlo 400 400
Belgium Total 1,074 0 1,074 0
Czech Republic Spolchemie Ústí nad Labem 69 69
Czech Republic Total 69 0 69 0
Finland Kemira Joutseno 75 75
Finland Total 75 0 75 0
France Vynova PPC Thann 42 42
France Vencorex Pont de Claix 119 119
France KEM ONE Fos 333 178 155
France Arkema Jarrie 75 75
France KEM ONE Lavera 341 341
France Arkema Saint-Auban 20 20
France MSSA Pomblière 42 42
France INOVYN Tavaux 370 370
France PC Loos Loos 35 35
France Total 1,377 178 1,157 42
Germany BASF Ludwigshafen 595*
Germany Covestro Dormagen 480 400 80
Germany Covestro Leverkusen 390 390
Germany Covestro Krefeld-Ürdingen 260 234 26
Germany Covestro Brunsbüttel 210 210
Germany Dow Schkopau 252 252
Germany Vinnolit Hürth-Knapsack 250 250
Germany CABB GmbH Gersthofen 55 55
Germany Dow Stade 1,623 1,025 598
Germany Neolyse Ibbenbüren GmbH Ibbenbüren 82 82
Germany Nouryon Bitterfeld 99 99
Germany Evonik Industries Lülsdorf 77 77
Germany Nouryon Frankfurt 283 283
Germany INOVYN Rheinberg 220 110 110
Germany VESTOLIT Marl 260 260
Germany Vinnolit Gendorf 180 180
Germany Wacker Chemie Burghausen 55 55
Germany LEUNA-Harze Leuna 15 15
Germany Total 5,386 1,135 3,263 393
Greece Kapachim Inofita Viotias 10 10
Greece Total 10 0 10 0
Hungary BorsodChem Kazincbarcika 480 384 96
Hungary Total 480 0 384 96
Ireland Micro Bio Fermoy 11 11
Ireland Total 11 0 11 0
Italy Altair Chimica Saline di Volterra 75 75
Italy Società Chimica Bussi Bussi 18 18
Italy Ing. Luigi Conti Vecchi Assemini 25 25
Italy INOVYN Rosignano 150 150
Italy Halo Industry Torviscosa 24 24
Italy Fater Campochiaro 20 20
Italy Total 312 0 312 0
The Netherlands Nouryon Botlek 637 637
The Netherlands Nouryon Delfzijl 121 121
The Netherlands Sabic Bergen op Zoom 89 89
The Netherlands Total 847 0 847 0
Norway Borregaard Sarpsborg 40 40
Norway Elkem Bremanger 11 11
Norway INOVYN Rafnes 315 315
Norway Total 366 0 366 0
Poland PCC Rokita Brzeg Dolny 186 186
Poland Anwil Włocławek 195 195
Poland Total 381 0 381 0
Portugal Bondalti Chemicals Estarreja 142 94 48
Portugal Total 142 0 94 48
Romania Oltchim (Chimcomplex) Râmnicu Vâlcea 100 100
Romania Chimcomplex Borzeşti 102 102
Romania Total 202 0 202 0
Slovak Republic Fortischem Nováky 70 70
Slovak Republic Total 70 0 70 0
Slovenia TKI Hrastnik Hrastnik 16 16
Slovenia Total 16 0 16 0
Spain Electroquimica Onubense Huelva/Palos de la Frontera 44 44
Spain Ercros Sabiñanigo 45 45
Spain Ercros Vila-seca 172 172
Spain Electroquimica de Hernani Hernani 30 30
Spain Biomca Química Santa Cruz de Tenerife 5 5
Spain Química del Cinca Monzón 45 45
Spain Bondalti Chemicals Torrelavega 68 68
Spain Total 409 0 409 0
Sweden INOVYN Stenungsund 123 123
Sweden Total 123 0 123 0
Switzerland CABB AG Pratteln 47 47
Switzerland Total 47 0 47 0
UK Runcorn MCP Runcorn 430 430
UK Brenntag Thetford 7 7
UK Industrial Chemicals Ltd West Thurrock 44 44
UK Total 481 0 481 0
Grand Total 11,953 1,313 9,466 579
Per process 11.6% 83.3% 5.1%

*Distribution unknown

Process:

D = diaphragm

M= membrane

“Others” includes HCI electrolysis, ODC molten salt electrolysis, alcoholates.

Non Euro Chlor members are indicated in italics.

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