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  • 1. Presented From The Wu Brotherhood. BAUXITE For Ease of Research, many have been done on Aluminum instead of Bauxite. Aluminum has a direct relationship with Bauxite.
  • 2. Information
    • Producing Countries:
      • Australia (2/5 of world production)
      • Brazil, Guinea, Jamaica (important producers)
      • 20 other countries (less producers)
      • USA 100 years ago used to be important but is now negligible.
  • 3. Goods (Uses of Bauxite in Percentage)
    • 85% used to produce alumina for refining into aluminum metal.
    • 10% used to produced alumina which is used in chemical, abrasive, and refractory products.
    • 5% used to make abrasives, refractory materials, and aluminum compounds.
    • The lightness, strength, and corrosion resistance are important considerations in it use. Metallic aluminum is used in transportation, and packaging.
  • 4. Where Bauxite (Aluminum) is Traded
      • London Metal Exchange
      • Commodity Exchange
      • New York Mercantile Exchange
      • Tokyo Commodity Exchange
      • Shanghai Futures Exchange
  • 5. Bauxite Price Trend Current Price: 0.8938 USD/lb (Oct 31, 2008)
  • 6. Conditions Responsible for Fluctuations in Price
    • Natural Disasters (Snowstorm in China)
    • Shortage/Surplus (Supply)
    • Bauxite Shortage
    • Largely Related to Construction
    • War
  • 7. Industry Group/ Trade Agreements
    • 1901, first world-wide aluminum cartel was formed by the five major companies, who at that time were producing 90% of the world's aluminum.
      • Each Company could sell freely in their country in a closed market
      • Each company was allotted a guaranteed share of the rest of the world market
    • 1926, more formal cartel was signed
    • 1931, cartel was formalized as a gigantic company, Alliance Aluminium Compagnie of Switzerland, this included every major aluminum company
      • Succesful during the 1930’s
      • Aluminum Prices were kept stable through the worst of the depression
  • 8. Bibliography
    • &quot;Aluminum and Bauxite.&quot; Mineral Information Institute. 2 Nov. 2008 <http://www.mii.org/minerals/photoal.html>.
    • &quot;CHAPTER FOURTEEN: CARTELS, and VARIOUS METAL CANS OF WORMS.&quot; May 1999. 2 Nov. 2008 <http://www- geology.ucdavis.edu/~cowen/~gel115/115ch14aluminum.html>.
    • &quot;Dynamic Charting.&quot; Investment Mine . 2 Nov. 2008 <http://www.infomine.com/investment/metalschart.asp?c=aluminum& submit1=display+chart&x=usd&r=15y>.
    • &quot;Metals Commodity Markets and Exchanges.&quot; About.com . 2 Nov. 2008 <http://metals.about.com/od/commoditymarket1/metals_commodity_ markets_and_exchanges.htm>.
    • &quot;Metal Prices & News on the Internet.&quot; MetalPrices.com . 2 Nov. 2008
    • <http://www.metalprices.com/>.
    • XiaoJie, Lu. &quot;Alumina: basic balance between supply and demand.&quot; Entrepreneur.com . 26 Feb. 2008. 2 Nov. 2008 <http://www.entrepreneur.com/tradejournals/article/print/176371907.ht ml>.