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 Products Chapter
The industry only produces alumina, which can be differentiated by grade. The main product segment is smelter grade alumina, with the industry producing some calcined alumina.
Smelter grade alumina
Australia's alumina refineries mainly produce smelter grade alumina, which is used as a feedstock in the production of aluminium, together with negligible quantities of alumina chemical by-products. Alumina production is sometimes also referred to as bauxite refining, with smelter grade alumina produced at a refining temperature up to 1,000 degrees Celsius. Firms involved in alumina refining are also typically engaged in bauxite mining and aluminium smelting... purchase to read more