Many chemicals, plastics and medicines depend on chlorine during the manufacturing process, although the chemical is not contained in the end product. Some 55% of European chemical production depends on chlor-alkali products.
Two third of all chlorine is used in the production of plastics, such as PVC, Poly-Urethanes, Epoxy-resins, Teflon, Neoprene etc., for use in construction, automotive, electronic and electrical industries.
85% of medicines, including many lifesaving drugs, are made using chlorine chemistry.
25% of medical devices contain chlorine, including blood bags, sterile tubing, heart catheters, prosthetics and X-ray films.
More than 90% of Western Europe's drinking water is made safe with the help of chlorine. Worldwide waterborne diseases kill 15 million people each year.
AkzoNobel is an active member of Euro Chlor, the European organization for Chlorine producers. Euro Chlor develops and promotes the best safety, health and environmental practices for manufacturing, handling and use of chlorine.
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