Bauxite is a rock made up of laterite soil, which is the primary raw material used in the production of alumina and aluminium metal. It is mainly found in tropical areas, where intense decomposition aids in its generation. Generally, bauxite is found in a thin layer, typically 2–5 meters close to the surface. According to the USGS, global bauxite reserves were 28.1 billion tonnes (Bnt) as of January 2015.

Over 90% of alumina produced globally is used for production of aluminium metal, termed Smelter Grade Alumina (SGA) or metallurgical, with the remainder known as Non-Metallic Grade Alumina (NMGA) or non-metallurgical, which can be used in applications such as cement and slag conditioning.

Global reserves of bauxite were 28.1 Bnt as of January 2015. Guinea has the largest reserves with 7.4Bnt or 26% of global reserves, followed by Australia with 6.5Bnt. Bauxite deposits at Weipa in Queensland and Gove in the Northern Territory, both in Australia, are amongst the world's highest grade deposits. Brazil with reserves at 2.6Bnt ranked third with key deposits in Trombetas while Vietnam, Jamaica and Indonesia follow with 2.1Bnt, 2.0Bnt and 1.0Bnt of reserves respectively.

In 2014, global bauxite mine production was an estimated 263 million tonnes (Mt). Australia was the leading producer with 81Mt or 34.5% of the global output in 2014, followed by China with an estimated 47Mt (20%), Brazil with 32.5Mt (13.9%), Guinea with 19.3Mt (8.2%) and India with 19Mt (8.1%). Indonesia in 2014 produced just 500kt due to the ban on export of raw ores since the beginning of 2014, compared with the high of 55.7Mt it produced in 2013.

Scope

An overall review of the competitive landscape of the global bauxite market.

Analysis of aluminium reserves (million tonnes) by country.

An analysis of the aluminium reserves of the top three ranking countries: Guinea, Australia and Brazil.

Detail on the upcoming alumina–aluminium refinery projects that will support global demand for aluminium.

An overview of global bauxite mine production up to 2020.

Profiles of the major bauxite mining and aluminium producing companies including: Rio Tinto Plc (Rio), Alcoa Inc and the Aluminium Corporation of China Ltd (CHALCO).

Insight on the major development and exploration projects in four global regions: APAC, MEA, North America (NA) and SCA.

Historical and forecast detail of global aluminium prices.

A review of the major countries involved in exporting and importing bauxite ores and concentrates.

Key Highlights

What is expected to be the major driver for global aluminium demand over the forecast period? How high is the percentage of global consumption that this accounts for?

What are the four other key drivers identified in the report?

What is the CAGR of the projected increase in global bauxite mine production over the forecast period to 2020?

What will the total global production of bauxite be in 2020?

What are the two key factors behind the growth in production of bauxite up until 2020?

In which country does a major company plan to commence production on three key projects in 2018?

Reasons to Buy

Gain an in-depth understanding of the global bauxite mining industry and its competitive landscape.

Analyze global bauxite reserves through historic and forecast production data to ensure your resources are targeted efficiently to maintain your position in the market.

Assess bauxite production by key countries and global price trends to ensure your operations remain cost-effective whilst sensitive to predominant market forces.

Evaluate the major active, exploration and development projects. Determine your expansion strategy and manage any potential risks to your ongoing profitability.

Identify the drivers of demand in the global bauxite market. Enables you to formulate strategies that are responsive and commercially aligned.

Key Players

Alcoa Inc.
National Aluminium Company Ltd
Aluminium Corporation of China Ltd
BHP Billiton Ltd
Rio Tinto Plc
Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd

Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary

2 Global Bauxite Mining – Reserves, Production and Trade

2.1 Reserves by Country

2.1.1 Guinea

2.1.2 Australia

2.1.3 Brazil

2.2 Historic and Forecast Production

2.2.1 Bauxite mine production by country

2.2.2 Upcoming alumina–aluminium refinery projects to support demand for aluminium

2.3 Aluminium Prices

2.4 Total Production by Major Mines

2.5 Major Development and Exploration Projects

2.6 Global Bauxite Ores and Concentrates Trade – Major Exporting and Importing Countries

2.6.1 Major bauxite ores and concentrates exporting countries

2.6.2 Major bauxite ores and concentrates importing countries

2.7 Demand Drivers – Increasing Demand for Aluminium

3 Competitive Landscape

3.1 Alcoa Inc.

3.2 National Aluminium Company Ltd (Nalco)

3.3 Aluminium Corporation of China Ltd Chalco)

3.4 BHP Billiton Ltd (BHP Billiton)

3.5 Rio Tinto Plc (Rio)

3.6 Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd

4 Appendix

4.1 What is this Report About?

4.2 Methodology

4.3 Secondary Research

4.4 Primary Research

4.5 Contact GlobalData

4.6 About GlobalData

4.7 GlobalData’s Services

4.8 Disclaimer

List of Tables

Table 1: Global Bauxite Mining – Reserves by Country (Million Tonnes), January 2015

Table 2: Global Bauxite Mining – Bauxite Resources in Guinea (Million Tonnes)

Table 3: Global Bauxite Mining – Bauxite Mine Production (Thousand Tonnes), 2000–2020

Table 4: Global Bauxite Mining –Capacities of a few Planned Alumina Projects (Outside China), 2015–2018

Table 5: Global Bauxite Mining – Major Active Mines (APAC), 2014

Table 6: Global Bauxite Mining – Major Active Mines (MEA), 2014

Table 7: Global Bauxite Mining – Major Active Mines (Europe), 2014

Table 8: Global Bauxite Mining – Major Active Mines (SCA), 2014

Table 9: Global Bauxite Mining – Major Development Projects (APAC), 2014

Table 10: Global Bauxite Mining – Major Development Projects (MEA), 2014

Table 11: Global Bauxite Mining – Major Development Projects (NA), 2014

Table 12: Global Bauxite Mining – Major Development Projects (SCA), 2014

Table 13: Global Bauxite Mining – Major Exploration Projects (APAC), 2014

Table 14: Global Bauxite Mining – Major Exploration Projects (MEA), 2014

Table 15: Global Bauxite Mining – Major Exploration Projects (NA), 2014

Table 16: Global Bauxite Mining – Major Exploration Projects (SCA), 2014

Table 17: Global Bauxite Mining – Bauxite Ores and Concentrates Trade Matrix (Million Tonnes), 2014

Table 18: Global Bauxite Mining – Global Alumina Demand Forecast (Million Tonnes), 2014e–2019

Table 19: Global Bauxite Mining – Alcoa Inc., Major Bauxite Projects

Table 20: Global Bauxite Mining – National Aluminium Company Ltd, Major Bauxite Projects

Table 21: Global Bauxite Mining – Aluminium Corporation of China Ltd, Major Bauxite Projects

Table 22: Global Bauxite Mining – BHP Billiton Ltd, Major Bauxite Projects

Table 23: Global Bauxite Mining – Rio Tinto Plc, Major Bauxite Projects

Table 24: Global Bauxite Mining – Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd, Major Bauxite Projects

List of Figures

Figure 1: Global Bauxite Mining – Location of Bauxite Reserves by Country, January 2015

Figure 2: Global Bauxite Mining – Reserves by Country (%), January 2015

Figure 3: Global Bauxite Mining – Location of Bauxite Deposits in Guinea

Figure 4: Global Bauxite Mining – Location of Bauxite Deposits in Australia

Figure 5: Global Bauxite Mining – Location of Bauxite Deposits in Brazil

Figure 6: Global Bauxite Mining – Bauxite Mine Production (Thousand Tonnes), 2000–2020

Figure 7: Global Bauxite Mining – Bauxite Mine Production by Major Countries (Thousand Tonnes), 2005–2014

Figure 8: Global Bauxite Mining – Production by Country (%), 2014

Figure 9: Global Bauxite Mining – LME Aluminium Prices (US$/Tonne), 2000–2014

Figure 10: Global Bauxite Mining – World Nominal Aluminium Prices Forecast (US$/Tonne), 2015–2020

Figure 11: Global Bauxite Mining – Australian Bauxite Exports (Million Tonnes), 2012–2020

Figure 12: Global Bauxite Mining – Exports of Bauxite Ores and Concentrates by Country (Million Tonnes), 2005–2013

Figure 13: Global Bauxite Mining – Global Trade Flow of Bauxite Ores and Concentrates*, Map

Figure 14: Global Bauxite Mining – Imports of Bauxite Ores and Concentrates by Country (Million Tonnes), 2005–2013

Figure 15: Global Bauxite Mining – Forecast Aluminium Consumption by Countries (Million Tonnes), 2015 and 2020

Figure 16: Global Bauxite Mining – Global Alumina Demand Forecast (Million Tonnes), 2014e–2019

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