Bauxite Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Bauxite Market is segmented by Application (Alumina for Metallurgical Purposes, Cement, Refractories, Abrasives, and Other Applications) and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for Bauxite in volume (kilo tons) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Bauxite Market - Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >3 %

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Market Overview

The Global Bauxite Market is projected to register a CAGR of over 3% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have a minor impact on global bauxite mine production. Despite the fact that mining companies in several countries halted operations for a specified period of time as a precaution, production declines were only observed in small bauxite-producing countries which was partially offset by stable production from the leading producing countries. Rather, production was expected to exceed expectations. For instance, Norsk Hydro ASA, one of the leading bauxite manufacturing companies in the global market, announced that the company's bauxite volumes in April and May 2020 actually increased compared to the same period in 2019, as a result of the increased production at the Paragominas bauxite mine and the Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil following the lifting of the production embargo in that location. However, the scenario for bauxite consumption was different with declining demand in major markets. Production of alumina, cement, refractories, and abrasives were shutdown or halted due to lockdown and safety measures taken by governments. The construction industry was badly impacted by COVID which resulted in reduced usage of cement and refractories. Overall, all such factors impacted the demand for bauxite in the short run.

  • In the medium term, the major factors driving the market studied are accelerating usage in the cement industries and continuous usage of alumina from industrial applications
  •  Environmental concerns related to bauxite mining is expected to hinder the market growth through the coming years.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the global bauxite market and is also expected to register the fastest growth through the years to come.

Scope of the Report

Bauxite is a reddish clay-based rock that is most commonly found in tropical and subtropical regions. Bauxite is majorly composed of aluminum oxide compounds (alumina), silica, iron oxides, and titanium dioxide. At present, more than 160 million metric tons of bauxite are mined on an annual basis. The leading bauxite producing countries in the global market include Australia, China, Brazil, India and Guinea. The market is segmented by application and geography. By application, the market is segmented into alumina for metallurgical purposes, cement, refractories, abrasives, and other applications. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the Bauxite Market in 17 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of revenue (kilo tons).

Application
Alumina for Metallurgical Purposes
Cement
Refractories
Abrasives
Other Applications
Geography
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Australia and New Zealand
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
Europe
Germany
United Kingdom
Italy
France
Russia
Rest of Europe
South America
Brazil
Argentina
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand of Alumina for Metallurgical Purposes

  • Bauxite is a sedimentary rock having high content of aluminium. It is the main source of aluminium & gallium and consists mostly of aluminium minerals namely gibbsite, boehmite and diaspore.
  • Because of its high alumina content, bauxite is a primary source for alumina production, which is then processed to produce finished products and alumina production. Thus rising alumina production is driving the market studied.
  • The demand for alumina is increasing, owing to its various superior properties such as low density, non-toxic nature, high thermal conductivity, excellent corrosion resistivity, and its ability to easily cast, machined and formed. Rising alumina production is expected to drive the market for bauxite through upcoming years.
  • Alumina is used for key industrial purposes. Other than producing aluminum, it is used for the production of spark plug insulators and metallic paints, and it is used as a fuel component for solid rocket boosters.
  • Furthermore, alumina is used for the fabrication of superconducting devices, such as quantum interference devices and electron transistors. Aluminum oxide or alumina is also used as a dosimeter for radiation protection.
  • According to U.S.Geological survey, global resources of bauxite are estimated to be between 55 billion and 75 billion tons and are sufficient to meet world demand for metal well into the future.
  • According to World Bureau of Metal Statistics, the aluminum production in Canada in the year is around 2.9 million metric tons in 2019.
  • Threfore, owing to all the above-mentioned factors, increasing demand for alumina for metallurgical purposes is expected to boost the demand for the market studied over the forecast period.
Bauxite Market - Segmentation Trend

Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate the market for bauxite, during the forecast period. In countries, such as China, Australia, and India, owing to rapid industrialization and an increase in usage of aluminum in various industries, such as building and construction, foil and packaging, the demand for bauxite continues to increase in the region.
  • Furthermore, superior properties of aluminum, like corrosion resistance, high ductility, high strength, and lightweight, have led to increase in the adoption of aluminum for producing light vehicle parts, which is propelling the bauxite market in the region.
  • Additionally, demand for bauxite is rising due to its usage as a raw material in making refractory products, since it has a high melting point. Refractory grade bauxite is used to manufacture bricks to line the roof of electric arc steel making furnaces and blast furnaces.
  • Bauxite is also used for manufacturing cement by mixing with limestone. The cement produced has high alumina content and known for its rapid settling time and strength, leading to an increasing demand for bauxite in the region.
  • The increasing trend of electric vehicles may further propel the demand for aluminum alloys. China is expected to produce more than 10 million electric vehicles by 2022, which may surge the demand of aluminum for producing light weight vehicle body parts, thus, stimulating the bauxite market in the region.
  • Furthermore, pure aluminum is used in the aviation industry, for oil and fuel pipes and foil and honeycomb structures.
  • According to World Bureau of Metal Statistics, the production of bauxite in the year 2019 in China is amounted to approximately 68 million metric tons and in Australia the production is amounted to approximately 105 million metric tons whereas India produced around 26 million metric tons.
  • Some of the major manufacturers of the market studied operating in Asia-Pacific include Alumina Limited, Australian Bauxite Limited, and Rio Tinto.
  • Therefore, the aforementioned factors are likely to boost the demand for bauxite in the region during the forecast period.
Bauxite Market - Regional Trend

Competitive Landscape

The bauxite market is partially consolidated in nature, with top players accounting for a significant share in the global market. Some of the major companies in the market include Rio Tinto, RusAL, Alcoa Corporation, Alumina Limited, and Norsk Hydro ASA.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Continuous Usage of Alumina from Industrial Applications

      2. 4.1.2 Accelerating Usage in the Cement Industries

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Environmental Concern Related to Bauxite Mining

      2. 4.2.2 Unfavorable Conditions Arising due to COVID-19 Outbreak

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

    5. 4.5 Production Analysis

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Alumina for Metallurgical Purposes

      2. 5.1.2 Cement

      3. 5.1.3 Refractories

      4. 5.1.4 Abrasives

      5. 5.1.5 Other Applications

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. 5.2.1.1 China

        2. 5.2.1.2 India

        3. 5.2.1.3 Japan

        4. 5.2.1.4 South Korea

        5. 5.2.1.5 Australia and New Zealand

        6. 5.2.1.6 Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.2.2 North America

        1. 5.2.2.1 United States

        2. 5.2.2.2 Canada

        3. 5.2.2.3 Mexico

      3. 5.2.3 Europe

        1. 5.2.3.1 Germany

        2. 5.2.3.2 United Kingdom

        3. 5.2.3.3 Italy

        4. 5.2.3.4 France

        5. 5.2.3.5 Russia

        6. 5.2.3.6 Rest of Europe

      4. 5.2.4 South America

        1. 5.2.4.1 Brazil

        2. 5.2.4.2 Argentina

        3. 5.2.4.3 Rest of South America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. 5.2.5.1 Saudi Arabia

        2. 5.2.5.2 South Africa

        3. 5.2.5.3 Rest of Middle-East and Africa

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share (%)**/Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Alcoa Corporation

      2. 6.4.2 Alumina Limited

      3. 6.4.3 Aluminum Corporation of China Limited

      4. 6.4.4 Australian Bauxite Limited

      5. 6.4.5 Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG)

      6. 6.4.6 GRAFIT MADENCILIK SAN. TIC. A.S.

      7. 6.4.7 Iranian Aluminium Co.

      8. 6.4.8 LKAB Minerals

      9. 6.4.9 Norsk Hydro ASA

      10. 6.4.10 Possehl Erzkontor GmbH & Co. KG

      11. 6.4.11 Queensland Alumina Limited

      12. 6.4.12 Rio Tinto

      13. 6.4.13 RusAL

      14. 6.4.14 Vimetco NV

      15. 6.4.15 YunXiang Develop Co.,Limited

    5. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

    1. 7.1 Increasing Demand from Commercial Applications such as Refractories and Abrasives

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Bauxite Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Bauxite Market is growing at a CAGR of >3% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Rio Tinto , Alcoa Corporation , Alumina Limited, Norsk Hydro ASA, RusAL are the major companies operating in Bauxite Market.

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