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

Although Australia is the world's largest producer of bauxite and a substantial producer of alumina, the country ranks sixth in global aluminium output, with China the leading producer. Australia is expected to produce a 1.6 million tonnes of aluminium in 2017-18, down from 1.8 million tonnes in 2012-13. Industry revenue is expected to decline at an annualised 4.2% over the five years through 2017-18, to total $5.3 billion. This decline primarily reflects lower aluminium prices, smelter closures, and production volumes declining at an annualised 2.5% over the same period. However, industry revenue is expected to increase by 0.5% in 2017-18, due to greater output and higher aluminium prices.Exports are estimated to account for more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

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
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The geographic spread of this industry reflects the location of both aluminium smelters and aluminium casting operations. Four major aluminium smelters operate in Australia (down from six in 2012-13 due to the closure of primary aluminium production at the Kurri Kurri and Point Henry smelters). Remaining major smelters are located Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania. Although four of Australia's six alumina refineries are located in Western Australia, there is no major smelter in that state.High smelting volumes in Queensland are due to the Boyne Island smelter, with the Tomago smelter in New South Wales accounting for a high proportion of industry revenue. Victoria is a major state in terms of industry revenue and establishment numbers. As ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Aluminium Smelting Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Aluminium Smelting are:

  • Output is sold under contract - 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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    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

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    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
  • Lower demand and output
  • Global conditions
  • Domestic conditions
  • Exports and employment
  • Other industry trends
  • 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

  • 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
    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
    Rio Tinto Plc - Rio Tinto Limited, Alcoa of Australia Limited,
  • Table: Rio Tinto Plc - Rio Tinto Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Alcoa of Australia Limited - financial performance

  • 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
    Table: Industry Data for the Aluminium Smelting Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • 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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