World’s 2nd largest producer
As Russia’s comparative advantage is low cost energy, the production of primary aluminium in Russia is cost competitive. The weakness of the currency makes exports a valuable proposition.
In 2015 a lot of effort was made in this region towards cost-cutting initiatives, which helped strengthen its position on the global cost curve.
The nine primary aluminium smelting plants are owned by one single producer, Rusal. With their low energy cost, these plants are very efficient. 17% of the domestic consumption of aluminium is in the Russian automotive industry.
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Data 2015 / March 2017
Low cost energy and a weak currency makes primary aluminium a competitive industry.
17% of its production is used in the Russian automotive industry.