Michael Gollschewski of Alcoa appointed Chairman of the Australian Aluminum Council
The Australian Aluminum Council (the Council) welcomed Michael Gollschewski (Vice
President Operations Australia and President Alcoa Australia) as the new president.
“I look forward to supporting the important role that the Council must play in representing the
the industry as it faces an exciting and difficult decade of transition ahead, ”said Mr. Gollschewski.
“Global demand for aluminum is strong and the use of aluminum is strongly correlated with the transition to
a more low-carbon future. Australia is well positioned to capitalize on this trend as the world’s largest producer
bauxite and the largest producer of alumina outside of China, ”Gollschewski said.
“But the carbon and energy transition will not be easy and the Council will continue to focus on
constructive engagement on issues that affect Australia’s international competitiveness
Mr. Gollschewski said aluminum is Australia’s most profitable manufacturing export and we
are one of the few countries where the entire aluminum value chain is represented – from bauxite
mining, alumina refining and aluminum smelting, to aluminum extrusion industries.
“Aluminum is one of the few commodities where you can buy a product, such as solar shelving, a
window frame or pool fence and please know that it was completely made right here in Australia, originating in
Australian ore and with value-added mining and manufacturing processes creating local jobs every
Board changes follow the resignation of former chair Kellie Parker in her wake
promotion to CEO of Rio Tinto Australia. The Board thanks Kellie for her contribution to the
Australian aluminum industry. The Board welcomes Daniel van der Westhuizen from Rio Tinto as
New Vice-President of the Council.
ABOUT THE BOARD
The Australian Aluminum Council (the Council) represents Australia’s bauxite mining, alumina
refining, aluminum smelting and downstream processing industries. The aluminum industry has been
operating in Australia since 1955 and, over the decades, has contributed significantly to the
the nation’s economy. It includes five large bauxite mines (> 10 Mt per year) as well as several smaller mines
which collectively produce over 100 Mt per year, making Australia the world’s largest producer of
bauxite. Australia is the world’s largest exporter of alumina with six alumina refineries producing
about 20 Mt of alumina per year. Australia is the sixth largest producer of aluminum, with four
aluminum smelters and other downstream processing industries, of which more than 20
extrusion presses. Aluminum is Australia’s most profitable manufacturing export. Industry
directly employs more than 17,000 people, including 4,000 full-time equivalent subcontractors. This too
indirectly supports around 60,000 families, primarily in the Australia region.
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