ALCOA WORLD ALUMINA
Alcoa’s Australian operations represent the world’s largest integrated bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium spelting and rolling system.
Located in the Western Trade Coast’s Kwinana Industrial Area, Alcoa mines bauxite from the Darling Range which is then refined into alumina. This is then exported to key markets, including China and the Middle East and the remainder is sent to Alcoa’s smelters in Victoria where it is made into aluminium.
Kwinana refinery’s annual production of alumina is the equivalent of either 15,000 jumbo jets, one billion recyclable drink cans or eight million four-metre dinghies. This makes up approximately 45 per cent of Australia’s alumina and more than 20 per cent of Australia’s aluminium.
Today, Kwinana employs about 1000 people plus a significant contractor workforce, with approximately 60 per cent of them living in the neighbouring townships of Kwinana, Cockburn and Rockingham.