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 Locations Chapter
The geographic spread of the Bauxite Mining industry reflects the location of readily exploitable bauxite resources, and the cost and logistics associated with establishing and operating alumina refining operations. All bauxite in mined in Western Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory. There are three bauxite mines in Western Australia, two run by Alcoa and one by BHP Billiton. Rio Tinto has one mine each in Queensland and the Northern Territory. The number of mines has been stable during the past five years.
By volume, Western Australia accounts for the highest proportion of mined bauxite at an estimated 57.2% in 2013-14, down from 63.6% in 2008-09 due to lower production growth compared with Queensland and Northern Territory... purchase to read more