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Australia Faces Increasingly Stiff Competition in the China Bauxite Market

Australia Faces Increasingly Stiff Competition in the China Bauxite Market

Australia has been a top supplier of bauxite to refineries in the People’s Republic of China for the past several years, but the country is facing increased competition for the Chinese marketplace from Malaysia and Guinea, according to a report compiled by...

Events

Metro Mining to Open 5 Mtpa Bauxite Mine in QLD Next Year

Australian exploration and mining company Metro Mining Limited announced last week that it has reached a key milestone in commencing production of a new bauxite mine at Western Cape York, Queensland. According to estimates, the mine may yield up to 65.3 million metric tons over its projected thirteen-year life. Metro’s submission of an Environmental Impact […]

Rio Tinto’s Q1 Numbers Buoyed by Significant Aluminium Production

Anglo-Australian mining titan Rio Tinto released first quarter numbers today. Among the highlights of the first three months of a challenging aluminium market in 2016 are significant increases in bauxite, alumina, and aluminium production. “These results demonstrate our commitment to operational excellence in 2016, with notable improvements in several important areas, including a strong performance […]

Australian Government Awards Grant to Project for Using Solar Energy in Alumina Refining

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has chosen a product that could lead to Australia’s aluminium manufacturers using solar thermal energy instead of fossil fuels to refine alumina. The government agency is funding the project and will partner with American aluminium producer Alcoa. The project, which ARENA chief Ivor Frischknecht called “essential,” is projected to […]

ABx Seals First Bauxite Sale

Australian Bauxite Limited (ABx) announced its first sale from its Bald Hill Mine in Tasmania. The initial sale is for 5,000 metric tons, and delivery is planned in the final week of April. ABx told Tasmania’s The Advocate that the unnamed customer was planning a second shipment of between 30,000 and 40,000 metric tons within […]

Layoffs Coming at Rio Tinto’s Weipa Operations

Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Group is warning employees at its bauxite operations at Weipa, Queensland that layoffs are on the horizon. The firm cited declining aluminium prices and increased competition as reasons behind the coming force reduction. Rio Tinto did not specify exactly how many of the site’s 1,400 employees would receive pink slips. […]