Iran’s zinc and lead production up 8 percent

Business Materials 17 June 2013 14:57 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jun.17/ Trend R.Zamanov

Iran produced 25,200 tons of lead and zinc during the first two months of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 21, showing 8 percent rise compared to the same period last year.

Zinc ingot production accounted for 22,000 tons of the mentioned amount, the IRNA News Agency reported.

The total output of zinc and lead amounted to 13,100 tons in the second calendar month, which is 4.5 percent more than in the previous year.

Deputy head of Iran's Geology and Mineral Exploration Organization Behrouz Borna said in August 2012 that Iran holds three percent of the world's mineral reserves, which puts the country first in the Middle East and third in Asia.

Iran is ranked among the 15 major mineral-rich countries of the world and exports its industrial and mineral products to 159 countries, including Iraq, China, UAE, India and Afghanistan.

The important mines of Iran include coal, metallic minerals, sand and gravel, chemical minerals and salt. Iran has the world's largest zinc and second largest copper deposits and ranks ninth for its iron reserves.