AWAC's global operations
Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC) is the world’s leading alumina business operating a global network of bauxite mines and alumina refineries, which hold around 15 per cent of world alumina production capacity. The vast majority (90 per cent) of this alumina, feeds smelters that produce aluminium used in transport, aerospace, building, construction and packaging.
AWAC is a joint venture between Alumina Limited (40 per cent owned) and Alcoa Inc., (60 per cent owned). In 2015 AWAC employed 6,438 people worldwide and its operations include five bauxite mines, seven alumina refineries and one aluminium smelter as well as a shipping operation that transports alumina, aluminium and raw materials around the world.
In 2015 AWAC produced:
- 38.3 million metric tons of bauxite from directly owned mines (2014: 40 million) and 7 million tonnes from mines (2013: 4.1 million) with an equity interest. Also in 2015, AWAC sold 2 million metric tons of bauxite to third parties
- 15.1 million tonnes of alumina (2014: 15.9)
- 163,000 tonnes aluminium (2014: 269,000.
For more on AWAC’s global operations see the global operations map.