Political Leaders Calling on State of Victoria to Help Keep Alcoa Smelter Open

Political Leaders Calling on State of Victoria to Help Keep Alcoa Smelter Open

Green Party leadership in the Australian state of Victoria are asking Alcoa to declare whether or not its smelter in Portland can remain profitable if government subsidies are not renewed, and what the state government will do to insure the smelter remains...


Aluminium Business Buoys Rio Tinto on FY2015 Earnings Statement

British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto released its 2015 earnings statement today. Rio’s aluminium operation finished the year earning the company US$1,118 million. Down only 10% from last year, the aluminium business weathered the global economy better than Rio’s other mineral sectors, namely iron ore, copper and coal, and diamonds and other minerals. The firm’s aluminium […]

Alcoa Celebrates Mining One Billion MT in Western Australia

Australian Alcoa miners celebrated mining one billion metric tons of bauxite in the state of Western Australia. Alcoa has been mining in the state for fifty-three years. The firm marked the milestone with current and former employees, key stakeholders and Western Australian Legislative Councilmember representing the South West Region Nigel Hallett (representing Premier Colin Barnett), […]

Rio Tinto’s Strachan Steps Down Amid Booming Bauxite Business

The head of Rio Tinto’s bauxite enterprise is stepping down after sixteen years at the helm. Phillip Strachan is vacating his post as Rio’s chief executive of bauxite and alumina and exiting the Brisbane, Australia office. His duties are to be shouldered by Pacific Aluminium chief executive Bruce Cox. Strachan steps down only months after […]

Australian Seamen Removed from Alumina Ship Over Outsourcing Row

A nearly week-long standoff has come to an end at Australia’s Port of Newcastle after five crewmembers of an alumina-bearing ship were arrested and removed by New South Wales Police. The crew was protesting the loss of their jobs on the alumina ship to non-Australian workers operating ships flying flags of convenience. The crew of […]