We are excited to announce that as of February 1, Wood Mackenzie is a portfolio company of Veritas Capital, a leading investor at the intersection of technology and government. Our focus remains on providing you with the best intelligence, analytics, data and tools to ensure you are making the best data-driven business decisions with confidence.  

Read more in our news release here. 


Carl Firman

Principal Analyst for Bauxite and Alumina and Aluminium Costs


  • Global
  • Alumina refining
  • Aluminium smelting
  • Bauxite mining
  • Aluminium markets
  • Metals market trends

Carl is a natural resources expert with 25 years’ experience in the energy and metals and mining sectors. He currently specialises in Copper Supply & Raw Material Flows in the capacity of a Research Director, having joined the team at Wood Mackenzie in early 2021. He is also a specialist in the Bauxite and Alumina space, covering markets, costs and corporate strategy. He was formerly responsible for Wood Mackenzie’s Bauxite & Alumina Cost Services and Bauxite and Alumina Market analysis. 

Carl began his career with Philips Petroleum as an Exploration Geologist. He later moved to China to work with a Acer Consultants on a wide range of Geotechnical and Resource projects before moving back to the UK.‚Äč Carl started his career in Metals & Mining in 2001, as a multi-metal analyst in Mining Journal Research Services. He has since worked, authored and led teams in a number of Metals & Mining research and consultancy firms culminating in his appointment to Wood Mackenzie in early 2012. 

Carl has authored and developed extensive bauxite databases and proprietary forecasting tools and is a regular speaker in the aluminium event calendar.


BSc Geology, London University