“Co-operation is key
in our changing industry”
Co-operation is key in our changing industry
As I approach the end of my two-year tenure as Euro Chlor’s Chairman, I am amazed at how much has changed during my time in office. Indeed, I wish all the best to my successor, Mr. Jürgen Baune from AkzoNobel, as he navigates during such changing times.
We are starting to see the effect of regulations drafted in the past, impacting the present. This is most evident in the energy policies being pushed by national and European politicians. The many developing energy policies may severely restrict our global competitiveness. We therefore need to work with European decision-makers, explaining the challenges we face and helping them to find solutions that assist European industry. This is one of Euro Chlor’s key, ongoing tasks.
Changes in technology have also had an impact. Mercury technology phase-out has changed the dynamics of investment and led to many projects across the continent. In addition, buoyed by positive demand for polyurethane, PVC and propylene oxide, the demand for our versatile and essential chemical building blocks is rising. This will lead to expansion in capacity, more equipment in the ground and potentially more staff.
It is also vital that we continue taking care of such staff, and whilst our sector’s safety performance is good, we are actively pursuing progress. Under the leadership of the Euro Chlor secretariat and with the help of the wider chlor-alkali industry, we are developing tools to improve incident information sharing.
At a recent Safety Workshop, 14 member companies assembled to openly discuss incidents and share practical experience. We are often competitors in the market place, but when it comes to safety, we are all united. Therefore, my Management Committee colleagues and I strongly support this initiative and urge all members to actively participate.
As Euro Chlor, we are benefitting from a new structure at Cefic. This creates opportunities for our Industry, giving us a stronger voice in key Cefic decision-making bodies, and is improving our connections with key EU influencers.
An area where we are seeking further change is in increase governmental support for the manufacturing industry. Our global competitiveness needs this to improve and it is time that regulators take the ‘20% of GDP’ target for Europe’s manufacturing industry seriously.
This Euro Chlor review for 2017-2018 outlines the key changes we are facing in our core areas of Sustainability, Regulation and Manufacturing and Application. Although change is not always easy, I know I can rely on everyone in the Euro Chlor community to work together to help support a safe, sustainable and successful chlor-alkali industry for Europe.
“Euro Chlor’s sustainability programme was the first to be launched within the European chemical industry back in 2001. It aims to monitor and address environmental, social and economic issues by providing a snapshot of key parameters, particularly energy consumption, hydrogen use and reduced emissions”.
Manufacturing & Applications
The products of our industry are vital for society and recent investments demonstrate a confidence in the future role of chlor-alkali chemistry.
European Chlorine Applications 2017
This year saw over 9,900 kilotonnes produced across Europe.
A major expansion project at the Rafnes Site, Norway
A new 55M€ chlorine plant at Torrelavega, Spain
A multi-million euro investment at Joutseno, Finland
200M€ investment in production facilities in Tarragona, Spain
About Euro Chlor
“One of Euro Chlor’s key roles is to demonstrate the economic and social importance of chlor-alkali.
By working together as a community of producers we can all support a safe, sustainable and successful chlor-alkali industry for Europe.”