The Australian Aluminium Council has welcomed Metro Mining Limited as the newest member of the Council. Metro's flagship operation, the Bauxite Hills Mine, is one of the largest independent projects in Queensland's internationally acclaimed Western Cape York bauxite region. The mine has an estimated reserve of 101.5 million tonnes and total resource of 131.2 million tonnes. Metro is forecasting production of 3.8 million tonnes in 2022 from Bauxite Hills, and a future expansion to 6.0 million tonnes per annum.Bauxite is the critical mineral used to produce aluminium, which will be widely used in the global transition to cleaner energy. Australia's bauxite industry has a strong global reputation for land management, biodiversity conservation and rehabilitation. Including Bauxite Hills, Australia's six bauxite mines collectively produce over 100 million tonnes per annum, making Australia the world's largest bauxite producer.The Australian Aluminium Council represents Australia's bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting and downstream processing industries. Australia is the world's largest exporter of alumina with six alumina refineries producing around 20 million tonnes per annum of alumina. Australia is the sixth largest producer of aluminium, with four aluminium smelters and additional downstream processing industries including more than 20 extrusion presses. Aluminium is Australia's highest earning manufacturing export.