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Poor PVC demand shows in low EU chlorine plant utilization

1:46 PM MST | January 21, 2013 | ­—Francinia Protti-Alvarez

European chlorine production was down in December 2012, according to the latest figures published by industry association Euro Chlor (Brussels). European chlorine capacity utilization stood at 73.5% in December, down 5.5 percentage points from the previous month, albeit slightly higher than during December 2011, when capacity utilization stood at 72.3%. “The calculated chlorine value going into polyvinyl chloride [PVC], which uses a third of the European chlorine production, was negative for all 12 months of 2011, averaging minus €70/m.t. [$94] for the...

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