JBI Bulletin (September 2020)

Total bauxite production declined in the review period mainly as a result of a shortfall in crude bauxite production. In September, total bauxite production amounted to 555kt, down 21% from the 703kt recorded over the same period last year. On a year to date basis, production accumulated to 5.7 million tones, which is 21% below…

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JBI Bulletin (August 2020)

A decline in alumina production coupled with the ongoing suspension of Alpart contributed to a fall in total bauxite production on a year-over-year basis. In August, total bauxite production which amounted to 655kt was down 11% relative to last year. The outturn for the month brings total bauxite production for the first eight months to…

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JBI Bulletin (July 2020)

In July, total bauxite production declined by 19% on a year-over-year basis to reach 688kt, as Alpart’s suspended operations continues to impact the industry’s performance. Total bauxite output was approximately 4.5 million tonnes for the first seven months of the year, which was 21% lower than levels registered for the same period last year. Crude…

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JBI Bulletin (June 2020)

In June, total bauxite production declined by 17% on a year-over-year basis to reach 699kt. Alpart’s absence continues to impact the Industry’s performance, though the full effect of its suspension is offset by increased production at the remaining plants in operation. Total bauxite output was approximately 3.85 million tonnes for the first half of the…

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JBI Bulletin (May 2020)

Total bauxite production got a boost in May with all active enterprises increasing production. Notwithstanding, output was lower in comparison to the previous year due to Alpart’s suspension. Still, the month-on-month improvement speaks to the resilience of the industry, especially when taken in the context of the global health crisis, and it reflects the extent…

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COVID-19 Impact Preliminary Assessment

The global commodity’s value chain is seeing disruptions due to the spread of the Coronavirus, with reports of increased build in inventories of aluminium, steel and zinc. Bauxite enterprises in Jamaica, while concerned about the spread of the virus, have reported, except for Alpart, that currently there is no impact on operations. However, given the…

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JBI Bulletin (March 2020)

The pace of decline in the bauxite production softened in March, despite the absence of Alpart’s operation and restrictions imposed by Covid-19. Total bauxite production for the month amounted to 635kt; declining 15% year-over-year as opposed to the 30% contraction recorded in February. This softening was primarily due to an increase in March’s crude bauxite…

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JBI Bulletin (February 2020)

Bauxite Production marginally improved month-over-month in February with Windalco showing signs of recovery relative to its performance last year. However, output was down year-over-year mainly due to Alpart going offline to facilitate an upgrade. In February, total bauxite production amounted to 568kt, down 30% relative to last year. Crude bauxite output, while improving by 20kt…

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