Chlor-alkali Industry Review 2017/2018 - new digital version

Euro Chlor finalises advice on Electro Magnetic Fields (EMFs) in electrolysis units

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are formed when electric currents pass through metal. Therefore, they will inevitably form around electrolysis units in the chlor-alkali industry. Because the media have linked certain EMFs with the development of cancer, Euro Chlor have prepared a ‘Focus On Chlorine Science’ factsheet that aims to clarify the situation in our industry. It concludes that given the frequency and the strength of the fields that form in electrolysis units, there is little cause for concern. Nevertheless, recommendations are given for pregnant workers and those with implanted medical devices.

To accompany these and raise awareness on EMFs, a poster, training presentation and Q&A video are being prepared for use in plants.

Download the Euro Chlor FOCS document here.


Changes at Cefic mean opportunities for Euro Chlor

Euro Chlor is a sector group of Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council. Cefic represents large, medium and small chemical companies across Europe, which directly provide 1.2 million jobs and account for 14.7% of world chemical production. After appointing a new Director General, Marco Mensink, in 2016, Cefic is evolving to incorporate a stronger advocacy element to its mission, alongside the traditional, scientific focus.

This change is creating opportunities for Euro Chlor’s members and will improve the connections they have with key decision makers in the European Commission and Parliament, and enable chlor-alkali to have our voice heard even clearer. It will also strengthen networks with the wider chemicals industry, providing access to information and opinions from across the sector and help to reinforce Euro Chlor’s position on key regulatory dossiers.

The 17 Successes family grows further in 2018


After the successful launch in 2017, Euro Chlor has this year published four new profiles of real people whose job is made safer, healthier and/or more efficient thanks to chlor-alkali chemistry. You can read their stories, discover more about this programme and find out who the remaining ‘Successes’ are at

Annick is a dentist who really appreciates the combination of science and creativity that her job provides.

She is one of over 300,000 European dentists who use sterile PVC tubing and disinfectant mouthwashes to give us beautiful, healthy smiles.

Erwin is a mechanic who fixes cars that even James Bond would be proud to drive.

This family man sees his role in very practical terms as he helps to get people home as quickly and safely as possible. He does this by using lightweight, alkali-purified aluminium frames and polyurethane seat padding to keep us on the move.

Student Pelle is helping to build the future out of versatile PVC materials and polyurethane insulating materials.

He will join the 565,000 European architects and has the ambition to add value to his community, but develop his own, distinct vision.

Last, but not least is Tuan, an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professional.

There are a staggering 8.2 million ICT specialists across Europe who rely on chlor-alkali chemistry to construct circuit boards, cables and to purify silicon for electronic devices.

Welcoming a new Product Group to Euro Chlor


In September 2017, a new group joined the Euro Chlor family, the Sodium Chlorate Product Group (SCPG). Formerly a Cefic herbicide registration group, this group will advance stakeholder understanding on this essential substance that is used as a bleaching agent.

This group is composed of several Euro Chlor member companies, including Arkema, AkzoNobel, Kemira, Ercros and Electroquimica de Hernani. It will look at items including classification and BREF (BAT Reference) issues.

The SCPG is a welcome addition to the activities of Euro Chlor given the issues and developments that surround this substance in technical discussions and biocide regulations.



Euro Chlor added LinkedIn to its online presence in 2018

Euro Chlor has spread its social network further with a new LinkedIn company page at

The dedicated page on this more professional-based social media platform will be used to share information on developments at Euro Chlor members and the wider chlor-alkali industry. The site compliments both Facebook and Twitter as major social media channels where the number of followers, who are keen to discover more about our sector and its products, continues to grow.

Euro Chlor social media activities are designed to encourage people to visit our main website as well as our educational ‘Chlorine Things’ site. Indeed, the number of people accessing our main sites via a ‘click-through’ from one of our social media channels doubled in 2018, but we will continue to seek improvement here.

Euro Chlor has also been developing its main corporate website. A new ‘Energy Section’ on our website aims to highlight the impact of changing energy policies on our industry. It also helps people to better understand the realities of new technologies for electricity generation and will help inform the  Euro Chlor Energy Task Force in its ongoing work to analyse EU energy policies.



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New video on chlor-alkali’s role in transportation

Did you know that chlor-alkali helps keep us on the move?

A new video on how chlor-alkali chemistry is involved in transportation explains how! Available on the Euro Chlor YouTube channel, the association’s latest video shows how PVC and polyurethane enable us to travel in comfort and style whilst caustic-purified metals are used to provide structure and support in fast-moving vehicles. All these vehicles, and more, rely on chlor-alkali and its derivatives to get us home safely.

In addition, translated versions of our chairman videos are also being prepared. Available in Spanish, Dutch and soon German these will help spread our messages to people across Europe.

Euro Chlor gives a ‘thumbs up’ for science in Rome

In May 2018, the environmental aspects of chlor-alkali chemistry were presented by Euro Chlor at SETAC Europe. This year’s event brought together over 2400 academic, regulatory and industry stakeholders to discuss the latest scientific findings in environmental chemistry.

The 2018 scientific conference took place in the historic city of Rome and many of the presentations and posters examined the basis for the newly proposed PMT (persistent, mobile, toxic) criteria for substance evaluation, as well as looking for ways to balance the environmental hazards of some chemicals with their essential requirement in daily life.

Euro Chlor’s booth once again featured at the exhibition and our diverse environmental science library was available for delegates to take home.

Next year’s event will take place from 26-30th May 2018 in Helsinki, Finland, home to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).



Catherine Birkner

We welcomed Catherine Birkner in August as Communications Manager.

Catherine is originally from the UK but has worked for several years in communications in Brussels for the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL) in the transportation sector and before that for SCA Packaging Europe and Unilever.

To discover more about the Euro Chlor secretariat, visit our website.

Euro Chlor Members

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