Story: Pulp and paper, aluminium and steel industries

New Zealand in the international aluminium industry

Producing aluminium is an international process. Rio Tinto Alcan, majority owner of the Tīwai Point aluminium smelter, has bauxite deposits and mines, refineries, and smelters across the world. The raw materials for making aluminium are imported into New Zealand, and approximately 87% of the aluminium produced is exported.

New Zealand contributes cheap electricity. When the smelter was being built, Manapōuri hydroelectricity was reported to be one-quarter the price of electricity in Japan (Japanese companies were part of the consortium that owned the smelter).

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Source: New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Ltd

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Megan Cook, 'Pulp and paper, aluminium and steel industries - Aluminium', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2020)

Story by Megan Cook, published 11 Mar 2010