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 Key Buyers Chapter
The Bauxite Mining industry is highly concentrated, with only three enterprises accounting all of the industry's production and revenue in 2013-14. There is the possibility of another entrant in the industry over the next five years as there is a small amount of exploration activity for bauxite. Any new industry operator that might enter the industry is expected to be far smaller than the existing players. It is also possible that one of the major players will sell off part of their bauxite business. Rio Tinto has previously considered selling its Gove bauxite mine along with other aluminium assets held under the Pacific Aluminium brand, but cancelled the plans following a lack of interest in the assets... purchase to read more