Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
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
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
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