Rio Tinto Alcan Queensland Research and Development Centre
The Rio Tinto Alcan Queensland Research and Development Centre (QRDC) was established at the QCAT campus in 2005.
This new laboratory has world class R&D capability in alumina refining from bauxite using the Bayer process. It has put Brisbane and the QCAT site on the world stage in the alumina industry.
QRDC now supports Rio Tinto Alcan’s (RTAs) Australian assets and joint ventures including the Gove bauxite mine and alumina refinery in the Northern Territory, the Weipa bauxite mine, Yarwun alumina refinery and Boyne Island aluminum smelter in Queensland, and the Tomago aluminum smelter in NSW.
Much of the recent effort at QRDC has supported the 1.8 million tonne, $US2.3 billion Gove Expansion in the Northern Territory. Technical assistance to Gove, Yarwun and other RTA operations, with technology sales customers, and strategic research and development projects provide the balance of value-added activities.
Rio Tinto ALCAN QRDC website