Baksa, G. and Kovacs, Z.

Ten years ago the Hungarian alumina plants produced about 95% smelter grade alumina of their total production. In 1990 the Hungarian-Soviet alumina-aluminum agreement stopped. In the same time a recession started in the world market of aluminum.

The socialist camp collapsed and the build up of market economy began in Hungary.

The above mentioned reasons forced the leaders of Hungarian aluminum industry to set up a new vision of the future and to form new strategic goals.

This study depicts this process, the reduction of capacity, the improvement of alumina quality, new product developments, and the build up of quality assurance system.

One can get impressions how the Hungarians have adapted to the new situation and they could produce more than 40% non smelter grade products in 1995.