Iran produces over 666,000 tons of zinc and lead ore

Business Materials 9 December 2014 14:36 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 9

By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

Iran produced 666,314 metric tons of zinc and lead ore in the first 8 months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-November 21).

The country's zinc and lead ore production rose by 6 percent compared to the same period in the past year, Iran's IRNA news agency reported on Dec. 9.

Iran holds three percent of the world's mineral reserves which puts the country first in the Middle East and third in Asia.

Iran ranks among the 15 major mineral-rich countries of the world and exports its industrial and mineral products to 159 countries, including Iraq, China, the United Arab Emirates, India and Afghanistan.

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.