Bauxite Mining in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

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As the Chinese economy begins to slow, demand for Australian bauxite is projected to ease. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Bauxite Mining industry in Australia.

IBISWorld Market Research

IBISWorld Market Research

Industry growth is projected to slow down as bauxite demand from China begins to ease.

Australia is the world's largest producer of bauxite, accounting for about one-third of global output. Bauxite production in Australia is expected to total approximately 78.7 million tonnes in 2013-14, compared with 65.5 million tonnes in 2008-09 as major mining companies increased output and production. Most bauxite mined in Australia is locally processed into alumina, with approximately 17.7 million tonnes, valued at an estimated $412.6 million, destined for export in 2013-14. Bauxite imports are negligible. There are just three companies in the industry that account for the majority of the industry's revenue. These three firms - Rio Tinto, Alcoa and BHP Billiton - account for the bulk of production and also use a high proportion of bauxite for their own alumina smelting operations. There are some small firms in the industry that are involved in joint ventures with BHP Billiton, or are small bauxite exploration and development companies. However, these do not currently mine any significant bauxite volumes.

The Bauxite Mining industry is expected to generate revenue of $1.8 billion in 2013-14, up from just $823.9 million in 2008-09. This represents an annualised increase of 17.3% over the five years. However, revenue is expected to grow by just 2.5% in 2013-14, as weaker prices largely offset higher output levels for the year. IBISWorld industry analyst Alen Allday states “export volumes and domestic demand have increased over the five years through 2013-14, while the stronger Australian dollar contributed to significantly higher industry revenue growth since 2008-09.” With higher industry revenue and pricing in the past five years, profit levels have also grown strongly. According to Allday, “industry performance is expected to slow during the five years through 2018-19 as production increases at a slower rate and pricing increases ease. Demand from China is also expected to increase at a slower rate over the period, as the Chinese economy grows at a lower rate than in previous years.”

The Bauxite Mining industry is highly concentrated, with only three enterprises accounting for nearly all of the industry's production. Other participants in the industry hold small minority shares in bauxite mines or are minor bauxite exploration and development companies with low revenue levels. The major players in the industry are Rio Tinto, Alcoa of Australia and BHP Billiton. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Bauxite Mining report in Australia industry page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Firms in this industry mine bauxite, which is the raw material from which alumina and aluminium is produced.

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
Industry Globalisation
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.
Recognised as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every Australian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call (03) 9655 3886.

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