Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Australia is the world's largest producer of bauxite, accounting for about one-third of global output. Bauxite production in Australia is estimated to reach 85.0 million tonnes in 2013-14, compared with 65.1 million tonnes in 2008-09. Over this period, expansion projects at bauxite mines have increased mine output. Most bauxite mined in Australia is locally processed into alumina. However, approximately $475.7 million worth of raw bauxite is expected to be exported in 2013-14. Bauxite imports are negligible.
There are just three companies in the industry, operating a total of five mines. These three firms - Rio Tinto, Alcoa and BHP Billiton - also use a high proportion of bauxite for their own alumina refining operations... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
The Bauxite Mining industry produces only bauxite, the bulk of which is processed into alumina by local manufacturers. Bauxite mined in Australia is classified as either high grade or low grade.
The bauxite resources at Weipa, QLD, and Gove, NT, are among the world's highest grade deposits, with average grades of between 49% and 53% alumina, according to Geoscience Australia. This high-grade bauxite is estimated to account for 58.0% of industry revenue in 2013-14, down from 61.6% in 2008-09 due to smaller pricing increases for high-grade bauxite (compared with low-grade bauxite over this period). The share of the two ore grades has fluctuated over the past five years, depending on the timing and location of project expansions... purchase to read more