The Australian aluminium industry has been operating in Australia since 1955, and over the decades has been a significant contributor to the Australian economy. However, despite many decades of economic contribution, the industry is globally comparatively young and well maintained. In fact, every reduction cell (or pot) in an aluminium smelter is replaced every 5-6 years, so while the buildings can be a lot older, the operating system is not.
The industry currently consists of:
*There are also several smaller (<10 Mt) bauxite mines operating in Australia.
Australia is the world’s largest producer of bauxite. In 2018, Australian bauxite production was 96 million tonnes (Mt). 35 Mt of bauxite was exported, and the remainder converted to Australian alumina.
Australia alumina production in 2018 was 20.3 million tonnes. Australia maintained its position as the second largest producer of alumina and the world’s largest exporter, with 17 Mt exported in 2018. Alumina is Australia’s 5th largest non-service export industry, contributing more than $10B in export revenues.
Australian primary aluminium metal production was 1.58 million tonnes in 2018, the world’s sixth largest producer.
Australia’s aluminium industry is a key employer and contributor in the communities in which we operated. In 2018 we:
- Directly employed more than 14,500 people;
- Provided income for another 40,000 families;
- Paid $1B in wages;
- Spent more than $4 B in our local communities; and
- Contributed more than $15B to the Australian economy in export revenue.