Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Australia is a substantial producer of alumina, accounting for over 20% of world production. The major players in the Alumina Production industry are vertically integrated, with Alcoa, Rio Tinto and South32 all having interests in the upstream Bauxite Mining and downstream Aluminium Smelting industries. The Alumina Production industry is also highly concentrated, with the financial performance of the major players having a large influence upon overall industry revenue.
Local aluminium smelters have been subjected to challenging market conditions over the past five years. This has pressured industry firms as domestic demand has fallen. The Alumina Production industry derives the majority of its revenue from exports, which exposes the industry to volatile global market conditions... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Industry establishments are traditionally located near bauxite ore mines, where the bauxite ore is used as the feedstock for alumina production. This helps to reduce transport costs, which increases the profitability of industry firms. The geographical distribution of industry establishments is closely aligned with each states' bauxite resources.
Western Australia has the largest proportion of alumina refineries in the industry. The Boddington, Huntly and Willowdale bauxite mines are all located in the southern region of Western Australia. Alcoa and South32 operate their alumina refineries in these regions, with 66.7% of the industry's refineries located in Western Australia... purchase to read more