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Alumina Production in Australia: Market Research Report

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Alumina Production Market Research Report | ANZSIC C2131 | May 2014

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IBISWorld’s Alumina Production market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
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 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

 


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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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