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Countries with the largest bauxite reserves 2019

The country with the highest amount of bauxite reserves worldwide in 2019 was Guinea. In that year, the reserves of bauxite in Guinea amounted to about 7.4 billion metric dry tons. Globally, bauxite reserves amounted to 30 billion dry metric tons.

What is bauxite?

Bauxite is a sedimentary rock with a high content of aluminum. Generally, four metric tons of dried bauxite is required to produce two metric tons of alumina, which, in turn, provides one metric ton of primary aluminum metal. Bauxite can be used, for example, in cement, chemicals, face makeup, soda cans, dishwashers, siding for houses, and other aluminum products. Bauxite production amounted to 370 million metric tons worldwide in 2019, a slight increase from 2018 which saw 320 million metric tons produced worldwide.

Global production and trade of bauxite

In 2019, Australia produced the largest amount of bauxite worldwide. In that year, the country produced 100 million metric tons of bauxite. Following Australia was Guinea, which produced 82 million metric tons of the rock. In 2018, the total global import volume of bauxite was about 108.8 million metric tons, and the total exports of bauxite amounted to about 56 million metric tons that year.

Countries with the largest bauxite reserves worldwide as of 2019 (in million metric tons)*

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Release date

February 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2019

Supplementary notes

* Bauxite and alumina (as a general rule, four metric tons of dried bauxite is required to produce two metric tons of alumina, which, in turn, provides one metric ton of primary aluminum metal). Data is expressed in million metric dry tons.

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