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Global bauxite production to grow by 3.8% in 2021

After rising by an estimated 1.2% in 2020 to 359.2 million metric tonnes (Mt), global bauxite production is forecast by GlobalData to increase by 3.8% in 2021 to reach 372.8 Mt. The data and analytics company notes that increased output from mines in Australia (+4.1%) and Guinea (+3.6%), as well as production from mines elsewhere returning to their pre-COVID levels, will be the key contributors.

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Freeport goes it alone on new smelter

Producer PT Freeport Indonesia is reportedly going out on its own to develop a copper smelter in Gresik, East Java, Indonesia, after failed talks about a joint venture for the project with Chinese group Tsingshan Holding.

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Lynas picks Mayfield to switch on RE project

Mayfield Group Holdings was selected for a A$10.3 million contract to supply transportable switchrooms at Lynas Rare Earth’s new project in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, next year.

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K2fly soars ahead with Alcoa contract

K2fly has confirmed the signing of a five-year tailings management software-as-a-service (SaaS) contract with global producer Alcoa that, rolled out to seven sites, will help the miner advance its Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM) compliance push.

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