Iran cement output surpasses 25 million tons
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug.3/ Trend R.Zamanov
Iran's cement output in the first four months of the calendar current year (which started March 21) stood at 25.654 million tons, Abdolreza Sheykhan, an official with the Iran's Cement Producers Association said on Saturday.
"The figure shows 5 percent increase compared to the same period of time previous year," the IRNA News Agency quoted Sheykhan as saying.
"Some 25.213 million tons of clinker was also produced in the mentioned period, which is six percent more than previous year," he said.
The IRNA News Agency reported on June 23 that Iran currently exports cement to 24 countries including Iraq, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Qatar, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Georgia, Oman, India, and China.
Seven countries out of the mentioned 24 accounted for 97 percent of Iran's total cement exports.
Iraq with 63 percent, Azerbaijan with 4 percent, and Turkmenistan with 7 percent were the main importers of Iranian cement.
Iran's cement and clinker exports stood at over 13.648 million tons in the previous calendar year, which ended March 20.
The country exported over 11.85 million tons of cement and 1.79 million tons of clinker in the mentioned period.
Iran produced 75 million tons of cement in previous year. The country's cement production capacity stands at 80 million tons.
Iran with total production of 65 million tons ranked as the world's third largest cement producer in 2012.
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.
The country plans to export over 18.5 million tons of cement in the current Iranian calendar year, Fatemian said.