Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.12/ Trend R.Zamanov/
Iran's cement output in the first six months of the current calendar year (which started on March 21) exceeded 38.356 million tons, Abdolreza Sheykhan, an official of the Iran's Cement Producers Association said on Saturday.
"The figure shows some 4 per cent increase compared to the first half of the previous year," the Tasnim News Agency quoted Sheykhan as saying.
"Some 37.51 million tons of clinker was also produced during the mentioned period, which is by five per cent more than in previous year," he said.
Sheykhan went on to note that Iran's cement production in the sixth calendar month (August 23 - September 22) stood at 6.456 million tons.
"Around 28.594 million tons of the country's total cement output in the first six months of the year was distributed in the domestic markets," he concluded.
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 of the mentioned 24 accounted for 97 per cent of Iran's total cement exports.
Iraq (63 per cent), Azerbaijan (4 per cent) and Turkmenistan (7 per cent) 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 on March 20.
The country exported over 11.85 million tons of cement and 1.79 million tons of clinker in the reported period.
Iran produced some 75 million tons of cement in the previous year. The country's cement production capacity stands at 80 million tons.
With total production of 65 million tons, Iran became 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 hit 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.