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Rio Takes Full Control of Rusal Alumina Partnership in Australia

  • QAL management asked Rio to take control after export ban
  • Rusal’s supply chain is coming under growing pressure

Rio Tinto Group has taken full control of an alumina refinery it owns with United Co. Rusal International PJSC in Australia, formally removing access to a key source of raw material for the Russian aluminum giant.

Rusal’s supply of alumina, the main ingredient to make aluminum, has been thrown into turmoil since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, raising questions about whether it can sustain production levels at a time when global supplies are already under pressure.