Brazil is one of the world’s biggest producers of bauxite, an ore used to manufacture aluminum. More than 80% of aluminum ores in the country are extracted in Serra do Oriximiná in the state of Pará, which has the highest mineral concentration in Brazil, followed by Minas Gerais.
The annual production of ore is around 17.4 million tons. Brazil is the third largest producer globally. In 2021, Brazilian exports of bauxite and aluminum reached US$ 2.9 billion, about 2.5% of our total exports.
Brazil is also proud to be a world leader in aluminum recycling. Today, thanks to solid environmental legislation, 97% of aluminum consumed in our country is recycled.