General Questions

Please refer to the Technical Questions tab. Alternatively, the AAC provides a technical support hotline. Please call 1800 642 230 and we will do our best to answer your question.
Due to the non-commercial nature of our organisation we are unable to help with commercial enquiries. Please allow us to redirect you to our website Member’s links page. We would suggest that you contact the relevant company who may be able to help you further.
The Australian Aluminium Council itself is not a supplier of any bauxite, alumina or aluminium products. However, below we have listed various businesses that may be able to provide what you are after:


There are a number of extruders in Australia. The links below are directed to companies sales contact information.


There are a number of aluminium product distributors in Australia. The links below are directed to companies sales contact information.


There are five bauxite mines in Australia, the link below is directed to our member company's sales contact information.


There are six alumina refineries in Australia, the links below are directed to our member companies sales contact information.


There are four aluminium smelters in Australia, the links below are directed to our member companies sales contact information.
The Aluminum Association publication Aluminum Standards and Data 2017 Metric SI is the go-to resource for key information on aluminium properties. This publication is available from the Aluminum Association bookstore.
Yes, recycling aluminium only requires 5% of the energy required to produce aluminium from bauxite ore.
There are four primary aluminium smelters in Australia, namely Bell Bay (Tasmania), Boyne Island (QLD), Portland (VIC) and Tomago (NSW). Hydro's Kurri Kurri smelter (NSW) closed in 2012 and Alcoa's Point Henry smelter (VIC) closed in 2014. More information on Australian Aluminium
It is estimated that around 75% of the aluminium produced since 1886 is still in use today. This is due to the fact that aluminium is 100% recyclable – and can be infinitely recycled without any loss of its unique properties.
Today, aluminium cans are about 30% lighter than they were 25 years ago. Thinner, stronger sections are now being used with less metal, less energy and more savings in weight. An average aluminium can (without its contents, of course) weighed 16.55 grams in 1992. By 2001 the aluminium can weighed about 14.9 grams. Aluminium beverage cans come in different shapes and sizes. The standard volume is 375 ml.
For such we suggest you contact the London Metal Exchange. For a list of other helpful organisations please see the IAI’s website links page.
We would recommend that you contact the European Aluminium Foil Association for the information you require.
Aluminium is derived from the ore bauxite. First bauxite is mined from typically shallow deposits, and then it is refined into alumina (alumina hydroxide – Al2O3) using the Bayer process at an alumina refinery. The alumina, a powdery white substance, is then sent to an aluminium smelter where it subjected to electrolysis (Hall/Héroult process) which separates out the aluminium metal.
Aluminium is a malleable, light weight (about one-third the density of steel), strong and durable material. Aluminium resists corrosion and has a variety of surface finishes depending on the alloy and application of the product. Aluminium is the most used non-ferrous metal.
Today’s consumers expect their products to be safe - and they expect to be provided with full information on the ingredients in them, so they can make wise, informed and healthy choices. The International Aluminium Institute has prepared a set of information sheets on the use of aluminium in some common consumer products. These outline why aluminium is used, and review the scientific evidence that shows us it is safe in these products. The information sheets also address some common misconceptions about aluminium, explaining how recent science has overturned these myths. IAI Aluminium and Health
Like most metals, aluminium (except in powder form) does not burn and does not support combustion. This is really self-evident when we consider what we do with aluminium products such as welding, melting for castings, cookware. Aluminium will melt at temperatures above 660 degrees Celsius.
There is no single answer to the question, what is the fire rating of aluminium as fire ratings relates to a building element such as a door, window etc where all components of that element contribute to the rating in terms of temperature and time.
Aluminium composite panel (ACP) is made up of two thin aluminium sheets bonded to a polymer core. It is the polymer core that makes this product dangerous in a fire. For more information please refer to the Victorian Government Factsheet -