Bauxite

About Bauxite

Bauxite is the main commercial mineral from which aluminium oxide is extracted, which in turn is smelted to form aluminium metal
5t bauxite (ore) > 2t alumina (refinery) > 1t aluminium (smelter)

  • Typically, a bauxite resource contains 30-60% alumina (Al2O3), and occurs as two main types: trihydrate (“low temperature”) bauxite and monohydrate (“high temperature”) bauxite
  • The aluminium industry is no longer as integrated as it used to be – pricing power is shifting upstream to alumina and bauxite producers
  • Aluminium demand, however, drives alumina and bauxite growth – medium to long term demand is still strong
  • Demand continues to grow in key sectors including transportation, construction, power, packaging and consumer products