Iran, World's 7th major cement producer in 2010: source

Iran Materials 3 May 2011 11:19 (UTC +04:00)

The United States Geological Surveys (USGS) in its new annual report titled "Mineral Commodity Summaries 2011" named Iran as the seventh largest cement producer on the world in 2010-MNA reports.

The USGS is a science organization of the United States government that provides impartial, timely, relevant, and useable information on the issues such as ecosystems, environment, natural hazards and the natural resources.

USGS in its new report stated that in 2010 Iran's cement production rose up 5 million tons (9%) and reached to 55 million tons. Therefore, Iran became the seventh largest cement producer in the world and the second largest in the Middle East after Turkey. Iran's cement production in 2009 was 50 million tons.

There are 57 active cement production units in Iran as of 2010. Iran constitutes 1.7% of the world's cement production according to figures of USGS.

The report shows that China by a far distance is still the largest cement producer in the world, the country produced 1,800 million tons of cement in 2010, which consists 55% of total world production. After China, India is the second largest cement producer in the world by producing of 220 million tons in 2010. Among the world major cement producers in 2010, United States was only country whose production decreased.

The country's cement production declined 2% last year. U.S. as a third largest cement producer, produced 63.5 million tons of cement in 2010. Turkey by producing 60 million tons, Brazil by 59 and Japan by 56 million tons, are respectively in 5th, 6th and 7th places in the USGS rank. Spain, Vietnam, Russia, Egypt, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Germany, Thailand and Pakistan are respectively other largest cement producers.

Global production of cement in 2010 grew 8% and reached to 3,300 million tons.