Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.7
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran produced around 601,000 tons of glass in the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year, which started on March 21, IRNA reported on December 7.
The figure shows four percent rise compared to the same period of the previous year.
Glass production in the seventh calendar month of Mehr (ended on October 22) hit 85,000 tons, showing 6.3 percent rise year in year.
Some 258,000 tons of glass products, 52,400 tons of sanitary ware, and 25,800 tons of porcelain were also produced in Iran during the seven-month period.
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 about 159 countries, including Iraq, China, the United Arab Emirates, India and Afghanistan.
The important mines of Iran include coal, metallic minerals, sand and gravel, chemical minerals and salt.
The country has the world's largest zinc and second largest copper deposits and ranks ninth for its iron reserves.