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 Locations Chapter
Australia's seven main alumina refineries are located in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland, with some small refineries and ownership companies 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.
Geographic spread has changed relatively little during the last five years, although new or expanded facilities in Queensland and the Northern Territory have seen these states increase their share at the expense of Western Australia... purchase to read more