Iran cement output surpasses 64 million tons

Business Materials 13 March 2013 13:15 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Mar.13/ Trend F.Milad

Iran has produced 64.10 million tons of cement in the first 11 months of the current Iranian calendar year which began March 20, 2012, an official with the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade said on Wednesday.

The amount shows a 5.7 per cent increase compared to the same time last year, the IRNA News Agency quoted Mohammad Fatemian as saying.

Output hit 5.47 million tons in the eleventh month of the calendar year (January 20 - February 18), he added.

Iran with a total production of 65 million tons, ranked as the world's third largest cement producer in 2012.

Iran's cement production accounted for 1.7 per cent of the world's total output.

Abdolreza Sheykhan, an official with Iran's Cement Producers Association, said in February that the country plans to increase its cement output to 85 million tons by the end of the next Iranian Calendar year (March 19, 2014).

Iran's cement output will reach 76 million tons by the end of current Iranian calendar year (March 19), the IRIB News Agency quoted Abdolreza Sheykhan as saying.

Sheykhan also expressed the hope that Iran's cement exports reach 18-20 million tons in the next calendar year.

Industry, Mine and Trade Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari said in August, 2012 that the country's cement production capacity will reach 110 million tons by 2015.

Iran has produced 69,457,000 tons of cement in a 12-month period ending February 10. The amount shows a 6.7 per cent increase compared to the same time span in the previous year, the Mehr News Agency reported.

Deputy Iranian Industry, Mine, and Trade Minister, Vajiollah Jafari, said in January that by reaching an annual output capacity of 115 million tons, Iran will become the world's third largest cement producer in the future.