Alumina Production in Australia: Market Research Report

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Alumina Production Market Research Report | ANZSIC C2131 | Jun 2015

Expanding exports: A weakening Australian dollar has contributed to industry export growth

IBISWorld’s Alumina Production market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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Australia is a substantial alumina producer, accounting for about 20% of world production each year. Australian alumina production is expected to total 19.9 million tonnes in 2014-15, with volatility over the past five years due to large price changes. Alumina output is expected to decline in 2014-15, as Rio Tinto's Gove refinery ceased output in June 2014 and domestic demand from aluminium smelters falls. Alumina output surged in 2012-13 as the full-year effect of large expansions at the Worsley (WA) and Yarwun (QLD) refineries drove volume growth.

Although some alumina is smelted into aluminium locally, the bulk of output is exported. These exports, amounting to an expected 17.2 million tonnes in 2014-15, are expected to generate revenue of $6.6 billion for the year... purchase to read more

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Four of Australia's six main alumina refineries are located in Western Australia, with the remaining two in Queensland. Some small alumina refineries and ownership companies are based in other states. Most alumina refineries are integrated with bauxite mines and hence their location is largely determined by the location of the bauxite resource. The newest of these refineries, Rio Tinto's Yarwun refinery, commenced operation in late 2004 in Queensland.

Western Australia dominates the industry, accounting for almost two-thirds of industry revenue in 2014-15. This high level is due to the location of Alcoa's three refineries and South32 Limited's Worsley refinery in the state... purchase to read more


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What is the Alumina Production Industry?

Firms in the industry refine bauxite into alumina (or aluminium oxide), a process that is sometimes also called bauxite refining. All of Australia's alumina refineries use the Bayer process, which involves grinding the bauxite and mixing it with sodium hydroxide. After settling, that mixture is filtered, and the alumina is recovered and allowed to crystallise. Finally, the alumina is washed and dried. Alumina is not able to be stored as easily as aluminium or bauxite.

Industry Products
Smelter grade aluminaCalcined alumina
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Alumina (smelter grade)Bauxite refiningCalcined alumina

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