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Alumina Production in Australia: Market Research Report

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Alumina Production Market Research Report | ANZSIC C2131 | May 2014

Key to change: Improved global economic conditions are vital to industry performance

The Alumina Production market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$7bn
Annual Growth 09-14
-4.9%
Annual Growth 14-19
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Profit
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Employment
8,980
Businesses
13
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Australia is a substantial alumina producer, accounting for about one-quarter of total world production each year. Alumina production is expected to total 20.9 million tonnes in 2013-14, compared with 19.6 million tonnes in 2008-09. Alumina output is expected to decline in 2013-14 as Rio Tinto's Gove refinery reduces output 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 great bulk of output is exported. These exports, amounting to an expected 15.4 million tonnes in 2013-14, are expected to generate revenue of $5.2 billion for the year... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The industry is highly capital intensive due to high capital investment levels and moderate labour costs. Alumina production requires large scale, complex production facilities with extensive processing and refining equipment. A new alumina refinery is a multi-billion dollar investment, with large refinery expansions costing a similar amount. Staff are highly paid and are required to control and monitor alumina processing equipment.

To calculate the capital intensity level for the industry, IBISWorld uses data from the industry cost structure. Depreciation is used as a proxy for capital, while wages are used as a proxy for labour. In 2013-14, depreciation and wages are estimated to account for 7.6% and 16.9% of industry revenue, respectively... purchase to read more

 


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What is the Alumina Production Industry?

Firms in this 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.

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


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