Overview

Smelting point: Revenue has fallen over the past five years due to lower production volumes

The Aluminium Smelting market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

REPORT SNAPSHOT

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Industry profit has declined due to the falling price of aluminium and higher input costs
  • Declines in global and domestic aluminium prices have contributed to revenue falls
  • The world price of aluminium should rise over the next five years, benefiting the industry

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Although Australia is the world's largest producer of bauxite and a substantial producer of alumina, the country ranks fifth in global aluminium output, with China the leading producer. Australia will produce a projected 1.6 million tonnes of aluminium in 2016-17, down from 1.9 million tonnes in 2011-12. Exports are expected to account for more than half of the Aluminium Smelting industry's revenue in 2016-17, at $3.3 billion. Approximately 90% of the industry's exports go to Asia. The two major aluminium smelters, Rio Tinto and Alcoa of Australia, generate over 90% of industry output. However, several other companies partly own some of these operations, including CSR Limited, Marubeni Aluminium Australia and CITIC Resources Australia...

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    Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    There are substantial barriers to entry to the Aluminium Smelting industry, although they do vary between industry segments. A major barrier for aluminium metal producers is the high cost of establishing a smelter (generally upwards of $1.0 billion), which effectively restricts entry to only very large firms. High operational costs, such as purchase and electricity expenses, add to the high start-up costs for new firms. Also, the high degree of vertical integration among existing participants constitutes another entry barrier. Firms wishing to enter the industry may find it necessary to also acquire either upstream or downstream businesses. Furthermore, the need for sufficient capital reserves to survive periods of low aluminium prices increases entry barriers.

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    Additional Insights for the Aluminium Smelting Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Aluminium Smelting Industry are

  • Ability to incorporate long-term sales contracts
  • Access to required utility infrastructure
  • Supply contracts in place for key inputs
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of aluminum and Demand from aluminium door and window manufacturing in the Aluminium Smelting industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Aluminium Smelting Industry?

    Industry firms primarily smelt alumina to produce aluminium, reprocess scrap aluminium and cast aluminium metal into basic shapes or to customer specifications. Companies also manufacture aluminium alloys from primary aluminium at the same facility.

    Industry Products
    Primary aluminium ingots and products
    Aluminium castings
    Recycled aluminium ingots and products
    Industry Activities
    Smelting aluminium from alumina
    Secondary recovery of aluminium
    Aluminium casting

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of aluminum
  • Demand from aluminium door and window manufacturing
  • Electricity service price
  • US dollars per Australian dollar
  • Demand from aluminium rolling, drawing and extruding

  • Current Performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Global economic activity
  • Output and export trends
  • Other future factors
  • Table: Aluminium Smelting Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Aluminium Smelting Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Aluminium Rolling, Drawing and Extruding
  • Aluminium Door and Window Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Alumina Production
  • Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation

  • Products & Services
  • Primary aluminium ingots and products
  • Recycled aluminium ingots and products
  • Aluminium castings
  • Chart: Aluminium Smelting Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Overseas metal fabricators
  • Domestic building and construction industries
  • Domestic automotive and aviation industries
  • Other domestic industries
  • Domestic packaging and container manufacturers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Aluminium Smelting Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Aluminium Smelting

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Aluminium Smelting Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Rio Tinto Plc - Rio Tinto LimitedAlcoa of Australia LimitedCSR Limited
  • Table: Rio Tinto Plc - Rio Tinto Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Alcoa of Australia Limited - financial performance
  • Table: CSR Limited - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Aluminium Smelting Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Aluminium Smelting Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Primary Aluminium Output (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Alumina
  • A semi-processed form of aluminium obtained when bauxite is refined.
  • Aluminium
  • A non-ferrous, silvery white metal that is soft and light.
  • Bauxite
  • An aluminium-bearing ore that is processed to make alumina.
  • Ingot
  • A metal piece that has been cast from a mould and can be further processed into intermediate goods or final products.
  • Potline
  • A series of containers, known as pots, in which the alumina is converted to aluminium.
  • Primary Aluminium
  • Aluminium initially produced directly from alumina, and excludes recycled aluminium and alloying additives.
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