|Iran’s 6-month cement output grows 4%, exceeds 38m tons||
TEHRAN – Iran produced 38.3 million tons of cement in the first half of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 21, up 4 percent year on year.
The output amounted to 6.4 million tons in the sixth calendar month of Shahrivar (August 23-September 22), IRNA reported on Sunday.
Iran is the top producer of cement in the Middle East, IRIB quoted secretary of Iranian cement industry employers Abdolreza Sheikhan as saying.
The country ranks fourth in the world, he added.
Iran’s cement output hit 31.6 million tons in the first five months of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 21, he said.
The cement output is projected to reach 80 million tons by the end of the year, he said.
Iran exported 8.064 million tons of cement and clinker in the first five months of the current Iranian calendar year, up 43.5 percent year on year.
Exports of cement and clinker amounted to 6.52 million tons and 1.53 million tons.
Iran plans to increase its cement output up to 85 million tons by the end of the next Iranian Calendar year.
Ex-Iranian Industry, Mine and Trade Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari said in August 2012 that the country's cement production capacity will reach 110 million tons by 2015.
Iran exported cement to 24 countries including Iraq, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Qatar, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Georgia, Oman, India, and China in the past Iranian year.
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