Iran cement production capacity to rise 9.5m tons
Some 9.5 million tons will be added to Iran's cement production capacity by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2012).
Iran's current annual cement output capacity stands at 72 million tons, IRNA reported.
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.
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.