Recent visits and meetings in different provinces in China confirmed that China’s bauxite and alumina industry is at a critical juncture.
China has indeed both to face bauxite domestic quality decline and a period of rationalization (vs environment, security…)
The context is extremely tight in term of bauxite supply : Chinese bauxite imports would probably rise. As in other businesses the product quality will be key to reduce the freight cost and environment impacts.
In parallel, China remains to be relatively rich in low grade aluminium ore resources. Conditions are undoubtedly met for a technological breakthrough to use these resources.
AMBER is involved on both sides :
- Imports increase with activities in bauxite development in Africa (Guinea and Madagascar)
- Using the domestic Low Grade ore with cost and environment impact strong reduction.
So far, Amber activities are in line with the objectives defined for the 1st half of 2017.
In particular, tangible progress were made in the development of IB2 technology (on the Intellectual Property part, industrial pilot campaign preparation and possible partnerships review)
Refineries and projects technical assistance are continuing on a regular basis