Guinea’s Bauxite Boom: Aluminum Giants Look to Mitigate Risks in Uncertain Times

Top Aluminum Producer in the World Faces Supply Challenges in Guinea

Guinea has become the largest exporter of bauxite in recent years, surpassing Australia and Indonesia. A significant portion of its exports head to China for aluminum production, making it a crucial source of bauxite for the country. However, this heavy reliance on Guinea leaves Aluminum Corp. of China Ltd., or Chalco, vulnerable to disruptions that may arise due to local policy changes and strikes.

To mitigate these risks, Chalco aims to maintain a steady supply chain from its single mine in Guinea while also exploring opportunities to develop additional mines in the country’s north and collaborate on bauxite projects in other regions. As China’s own bauxite production declines and Indonesia restricts exports, Guinea’s dependence on China for bauxite imports is expected to increase.

There is speculation that Guinea may mirror Indonesia’s policy of requiring foreign companies to establish refineries within the country. This could further strengthen Guinea’s position as a key supplier of bauxite to China and other countries.

Despite reporting a 60% increase in net income last year, Chalco warned of challenges ahead due to slow global economic growth and rising geopolitical risks. The company highlighted issues in the domestic market such as weak demand and uncertain expectations, emphasizing the need to navigate these uncertainties while maintaining a stable supply chain for bauxite production.

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