Baku, Azerbaijan, March 2
By Gazenfer Hamidov – Trend:
The output of Iran’s tile and ceramic industry increased by 15.8 percent during the first nine months of the current fiscal year, started March 2017.
The country produced 268 million square meters of tile and ceramic in the 9-month period, according to the latest data released by the Iranian Ministry of Industries, Mining and Trade.
Iran produced 31.7 million square meters of tiles and ceramics in the ninth calendar month (Nov. 20-Dec. 20), 0.2 percent less compared to the preceding month.
The country’s tiles and ceramics output amounted to 292.5 million square meters last fiscal year (ended March 20, 2017), 4.4 percent less year-on-year.
Iranian officials have earlier announced that the country’s tile and ceramic industry’s nominal production capacity stands at 700 million square meters per year.
The officials have also said that 133 manufacturing units are active in tile and ceramic production nationwide.
Iran also produced 730,900 tons of glass in the 9-month period, 26 percent more year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Industries, Mining and Trade of Iran.
The Iranian manufacturers produced 71,000 tons of sanitary wares in the period, 15.9 percent more year-on-year.
The ministry’s data also reveals that the decreasing trend of country’s cement industry continued in the ninth calendar month of the current fiscal year.
Iranian cement factories produced 43.02 million tons of cement during the 9-month period (March 20-Dec. 21, 2017), registered a fall by 0.9 percent year-on-year.
On a monthly basis 4.293 million tons of cement were produced in the ninth Iranian calendar month (Nov. 21-Dec. 21), 8.8 percent less compared to the preceding month.
Iran's cement sector is suffering various problems, including deep recession in construction activities and an inadequate provision of natural gas to industrial users as well as a considerable export fall due to global slump in oil prices and regional issues.
Iran produced 54.1 million tons of cement in the last fiscal year (ended March 2017), 6.6 percent less year-on-year.