Bauxite mines have sprung up in Malaysia since late 2014, notably in Kuantan, which faces the South China Sea. The mines have been shipping increasing amounts of the raw material to China, filling in a gap after Indonesia banned bauxite exports in early 2014, forcing the world's top aluminium producer, China, to seek supplies elsewhere
Experts estimate that Malaysia's bauxite reserves would be exhausted after five years of mining at these levels. Once the bauxite is exhausted, what then? Once the bauxite is exhausted, what then? The Malaysian government should be applauded for the move, too long delayed though it was.
China has settled for importing bauxite from India, Australia, and Malaysia. Brazil . Number three is Brazil with 32,500 metric tons of bauxite production annually. Brazil has the world's largest alumina refinery which gets its supply from two mines in the Para state.
The dust clings to curtains, cars, and children's feet in villages near the mines. As Malaysia's barely restrained bauxite mining industry presses on at a record pace — largely to satisfy the hungry Chinese market and its intensive production of aluminum — the clouds of red dust that are ...
Production is derived from trade statistics. In 2012, 49 mining companies were reported to be operating across a 557kha area in West Kalimantan and 32 miners in the Riau Islands across a 35kha area. A reported 15 miners operate in mining areas greater than 10kha, while there are numerous smaller mines.
In September alone, China bought a record million metric tons of Malaysian aluminumrich bauxite a million windfall for the oil palmcovered hills in eastern Pahang state, where more than 70 percent of Malaysia's estimated million tons of bauxite reserves are loed.