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Article Publishing Date: Sep 13, 2021

Bauxite Prices in China Leap Up After Military Turmoil Took Hold in Guinea

IndexBox has just published a new report: 'China - Bauxite - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights'. Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

In September, the price for Guinean bauxite in China reached its highest point in 18 months. The military coup in Guinea has caused concerns that shipments from the country will decrease and instigated the spike. Guinea is the world’s primary bauxite supplier, making up more than half of all exports. In case there is a decline in supply from Guinea, China may expand imports from Australia. An increase in bauxite prices could lead to costs for aluminum on China’s domestic market to grow as the country imports nearly 57% of the bauxite it consumes.

Key Trends and Insights 

Prices for bauxite in China spiked due to concerns that the recent military coup in Guinea may cause shipments from the country to fall. Guinea is China’s main source of bauxite. In 2020, China imported 53M tonnes of the Guinean product making up 47% of all its bauxite imports.

In September, Guinean bauxite reached $50.50 per tonne on the Asian Metal exchange, its highest point since March 16 last year. Despite no information indicating an interruption in mining activities, the stock market responded to the political situation in Guinea with a spike in prices. Key players operating in Guinea´s bauxite industry, such as Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee (CBG) and Société Minière de Boke (SMB), did not announce any possible suspension of works. 

Guinea is the world’s largest source of bauxite accounting for 50% of global exports. A reduction in supply from Guinea would inevitably result in a deficit in the global market and increase bauxite prices from other countries.

If bauxite shipments from Guinea fall, then China is expected to expand imports from the two other main countries supplying it, Australia and Indonesia. Australia is the top bauxite producer in the world and would most likely grow exports to China. Together, Guinea, Australia and Indonesia supply 97% of all imported bauxite to China.

Bauxite is the main source of alumina or aluminum oxide, which is used to produce aluminum metal. China produces over 60% of the world’s aluminum and is the largest consumer of bauxite. The country’s bauxite imports account for 77% of the global total. An increase in bauxite prices will cause costs for Chinese aluminum products to rise as the country imports nearly 57% of the bauxite it consumes.

Bauxite Production in China

China ranks third in global bauxite production, following Australia and Guinea. China accounts for 16.2% of the world bauxite production. 

In 2020, approx. 60M tonnes of bauxite were produced in China; with a decrease of -14.3% compared with the year before. In value terms, bauxite production dropped dramatically to $1.6B in 2020 estimated in export prices. 

Bauxite Imports into China

In 2020, the amount of bauxite imported into China expanded sharply to 112M tonnes, picking up by +11% from the previous year's figure. In value terms, bauxite imports reduced to $5.1B (IndexBox estimates) in 2020. 

Guinea (53M tonnes), Australia (37M tonnes) and Indonesia (19M tonnes) were the main suppliers of bauxite imports to China, with a combined 97% share of total imports.

In value terms, the largest bauxite suppliers to China were Guinea ($2.5B), Australia ($1.5B) and Indonesia ($873M), together accounting for 96% of total imports.

Indonesia saw the highest growth rate of the value of imports (+29% y-o-y), among the main suppliers over the period under review, while purchases for the other leaders experienced a decline.

In 2020, the average bauxite import price amounted to $45 per tonne, reducing by -11.3% against the previous year. Average prices varied noticeably amongst the major supplying countries. In 2020, the country with the highest price was Indonesia ($47 per tonne), while the price for Australia ($42 per tonne) was amongst the lowest. In 2020, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by Indonesia, while the prices for the other major suppliers experienced a decline.

Source: IndexBox Platform

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DATA-DRIVEN DECISIONS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
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GLOSSARY AND SPECIFIC TERMS
2. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A Quick Overview of Market Performance

2.1
KEY FINDINGS
2.2
MARKET TRENDS
3. MARKET OVERVIEW

Understanding the Current State of The Market and Its Prospects

3.1
MARKET SIZE
3.2
MARKET STRUCTURE
3.3
TRADE BALANCE
3.4
PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION
3.5
MARKET FORECAST TO 2030
4. MOST PROMISING PRODUCTS

Finding New Products to Diversify Your Business

4.1
TOP PRODUCTS TO DIVERSIFY YOUR BUSINESS
4.2
BEST-SELLING PRODUCTS
4.3
MOST CONSUMED PRODUCT
4.4
MOST TRADED PRODUCT
4.5
MOST PROFITABLE PRODUCT FOR EXPORT
5. MOST PROMISING SUPPLYING COUNTRIES

Choosing the Best Countries to Establish Your Sustainable Supply Chain

5.1
TOP COUNTRIES TO SOURCE YOUR PRODUCT
5.2
TOP PRODUCING COUNTRIES
5.3
TOP EXPORTING COUNTRIES
5.4
LOW-COST EXPORTING COUNTRIES
6. MOST PROMISING OVERSEAS MARKETS

Choosing the Best Countries to Boost Your Exports

6.1
TOP OVERSEAS MARKETS FOR EXPORTING YOUR PRODUCT
6.2
TOP CONSUMING MARKETS
6.3
UNSATURATED MARKETS
6.4
TOP IMPORTING MARKETS
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MOST PROFITABLE MARKETS
7. PRODUCTION

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7.1
PRODUCTION VOLUME AND VALUE
8. IMPORTS

The Largest Import Supplying Countries

8.1
IMPORTS FROM 2007–2020
8.2
IMPORTS BY COUNTRY
8.3
IMPORT PRICES BY COUNTRY
9. EXPORTS

The Largest Destinations for Exports

9.1
EXPORTS FROM 2007–2020
9.2
EXPORTS BY COUNTRY
9.3
EXPORT PRICES BY COUNTRY
10. PROFILES OF MAJOR PRODUCERS

The Largest Producers on The Market and Their Profiles

LIST OF TABLES
Table 1:
Key Findings In 2020
Table 2:
Market Volume, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Table 3:
Market Value, 2007–2020
Table 4:
Per Capita Consumption In 2007-2020
Table 5:
Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 6:
Imports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 7:
Import Prices, By Country Of Origin, 2007–2020
Table 8:
Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 9:
Exports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 10:
Export Prices, By Country Of Destination, 2007–2020
LIST OF FIGURES
Figure 1:
Market Volume, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 2:
Market Value, 2007–2020
Figure 3:
Market Structure – Domestic Supply vs. Imports, In Physical Terms, 2007-2020
Figure 4:
Market Structure – Domestic Supply vs. Imports, In Value Terms, 2007-2020
Figure 5:
Trade Balance, In Physical Terms, 2007-2020
Figure 6:
Trade Balance, In Value Terms, 2007-2020
Figure 7:
Per Capita Consumption, 2007-2020
Figure 8:
Market Forecast To 2025
Figure 9:
Products: Market Size And Growth, By Type
Figure 10:
Products: Average Per Capita Consumption, By Type
Figure 11:
Products: Exports And Growth, By Type
Figure 12:
Products: Export Prices And Growth, By Type
Figure 13:
Production Volume And Growth
Figure 14:
Exports And Growth
Figure 15:
Export Prices And Growth
Figure 16:
Market Size And Growth
Figure 17:
Per Capita Consumption
Figure 18:
Imports And Growth
Figure 19:
Import Prices
Figure 20:
Production, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 21:
Production, In Value Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 22:
Imports, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 23:
Imports, In Value Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 24:
Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2020
Figure 25:
Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 26:
Imports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 27:
Import Prices, By Country Of Origin, 2007–2020
Figure 28:
Exports, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 29:
Exports, In Value Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 30:
Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2020
Figure 31:
Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 32:
Exports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 33:
Export Prices, By Country Of Destination, 2007–2020

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