Tomago Aluminium is one of Australasia’s largest aluminium smelters and has been operating 24 hours a day since 1983. The company contributes $1.5 billion annually to the Australian economy, of which $800 million is spent locally. The smelter produces 580,000 tonnes of aluminium every year, which is 25% of Australia’s primary aluminium. 90% of the product made at Tomago is exported to the Asia-Pacific region. Some product is supplied directly to Midal Cables, who invested $80 million to establish its plant on-site at Tomago in 2013. Midal manufactures aluminium wires and rods for the electricity industry.
Tomago Aluminium is an independently managed joint venture. Joint Venture partners are Rio Tinto Alcan, CSR and Hydro Aluminium. The owners provide raw materials to Tomago that are converted to aluminium at the Tomago plant. The product is supplied back to the owners who then take it to market.
Tomago employs 950 staff (full time equivalent) as well as 190 contractors. Our staff are drawn from a significant geographic area throughout the Hunter Valley and Central Coast travelling from as far as 100km south, 80km north and 50km west of the plant. Ensuring that our people are safe while they are at work is one of the main drivers of our business. Our safety record is impressive, with our most recent milestone 1 million hours without a serious or significant injury on site.
Aluminium is increasingly becoming the world’s metal of choice as it is sustainable for environmentally conscious economies. It is also versatile and is used in the production of cars, planes, homes, sporting equipment, and so much more. It is the Australia’s fifth largest export commodity.
Aluminium production relies on electricity to power the process 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The production chain never stops. Tomago Aluminium uses around 10% of the New South Wales power supply to produce 580,000 tonnes of aluminium per year.