Iran's aluminum production increases
An Iranian industrial official says the volume of aluminum production in the country increased by 8.5 percent during the past Iranian calendar year (ended March 19) compared to the corresponding period a year earlier, Press TV reported.
Iranian Deputy Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Vajihollah Ja'fari said on Tuesday that the production growth rate comes despite the fact that the world average yield increased by seven percent during the mentioned period.
He also put Iran's current per capita consumption of aluminum at 4.5 kilogram, noting that per capita aluminum consumption worldwide now stands at 6.5 kilograms.
Ja'fari added that Iran's aluminum output will exceed 400,000 tons by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (starting March 20) and will hit 1.5 million tons by the end of the country's 20-year Development Vision Plan, which ends before 2025.
The head of Iranian Mining and Mineral Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) also said that his organization will implement various projects across the country to achieve the aluminum output target set for this year.
The official highlighted that Iran's ranking in production of aluminum has risen by four steps since 2005 to stand as number 22 in the world aluminum output.
Ja'fari stressed that Iran plans to book the 14th rank in the global aluminum production by the end of the 5th Economic Development Plan (2010-2015).
Edited by: S. Isayev