BAUXITE

WORLD'S LARGEST MINER.


Alcoa is the world’s largest bauxite miner, enjoying a first-quartile cost position.

Strong portfolio

Alcoa has ownership in seven active bauxite mines globally and operates four of them, making us among the largest bauxite producers in the world. We have access to large bauxite deposits with mining rights that extend in most cases more than 20 years. Our global network is strategically located near key Atlantic and Pacific markets. It includes the Huntly mine in Australia, the second largest bauxite mine in the world.

Alcoa offers bauxite from its mines to meet customer-specific needs and provide a consistent, reliable, and sustainable supply of raw material for refineries around the globe.

Leaders in land rehabilitation

We are leaders not only in technology for reducing the cost of mining bauxite, but in solutions for restoring the land once mining operations are complete. As an award-winning environmental leader, our strategy for rehabilitation is to restore the land to a stable condition that will be consistent with the aesthetic, environmental, economic, and social values of the surrounding community. In Western Australia, for example, where we mine in the world’s only Jarrah Forest, we first achieved our target of returning 100 percent species richness to mined areas in 2001, and received the Society for Ecological Restoration International’s Model Project Award. At our Juruti mine in the Amazon rainforest, we are applying an innovative and award-winning reforestation approach called nucleation that cuts recovery time in half.

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New bauxite supply contracts worth $665 million

Bauxite

Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC) signed third-party bauxite contracts with external customers in China, the United States, Europe and Brazil to supply them with bauxite from four of its mines. The new contracts increase the total value of 2016 and 2017 third-party supply agreements to nearly $665 million. AWAC is an unincorporated joint venture that consists of a group of companies, owned 60 percent by Alcoa and 40 percent by Alumina Limited.