|Iran’s 2-month cement, clinker exports near 3.5m tons||
TEHRAN - Iran exported over 3.468 million tons of cement and clinker in the first two months of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 21, an Iranian cement industry official announced on Tuesday.
He said that Iran exported over 1.411 million tons of cement and 625,393 tons of clinker in the second Iranian calendar month of Ordibehesht (April 21-May 21), the IRIB quoted Abdolreza Sheikhan as saying.
In the manufacture of Portland cement, clinker is lumps or nodules, usually 3–25 mm in diameter, produced by sintering limestone and alumino-silicate (clay) during the cement kiln stage.
Domestic industries have used over 8.739 million tons of the cement produced in the two-month period, he added.
Iran exported around 18 million tons of cement in the previous Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, 2014.
In the past Iranian year, 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.
The country ranked first in the Middle East and third in the world in terms of cement exports.
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