Copper anode output increases 19% in 10 months on year

February 16, 2021 - 12:46

TEHRAN – Production of copper anode in Iran has risen 19 percent during the first ten months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2020 – January 19, 2021), as compared to the corresponding period in the past year.

As reported, 292,715 tons of copper anode was produced in the ten-month period of this year.

The copper anode output also rose 41 percent in the tenth month of the present year, from that of the same month in the previous year.

In the tenth month of this year, 29,643 tons of the product was produced in the country.

Last month, the head of National Iranian Copper Industries Company (NICIC) said the country’s copper production is going to break new records in the current Iranian calendar year (ends on March 20).

Speaking on the sidelines of the 16th International Exhibition for Mines, Construction Machinery and Related Industry and Equipment (Iran ConMin), Ardeshir Sa’d-Mohammadi announced a 12-percent increase in the Sarcheshmeh Copper Complex’s production in the current year.

“The complex will reach a production record of 280,000 tons by the end of this year,” the official told IRIB.

He also noted that the production of the copper anode is also going to hit a new record by the yearend.

“This year, the production of the copper anode in the country will grow by 16 percent,” he said.

According to Sa’d-Mohammadi, Iran’s copper production capacity is going to reach 550,000 tons by the Iranian calendar year 1403 (begins on March 20, 2024).

“Considering €2.5 billion of new investment made in Sarcheshmeh Copper complex, and the implementation of 29 new projects in this industry, we hope that the country’s copper production capacity will reach 550,000 tons by the year 1403.”

He pointed to the high quality of the Iranian copper, saying: “Iranian copper has a very good quality and with 99.999 percent purity, has its own customers around the world and we hope with this quality of products we can improve our global position in the copper industry.”

Iran has seen its copper exports doubled in the past Iranian calendar year despite a series of bitter sanctions imposed by the United States aimed at hampering the Islamic Republic’s trade of lucrative metals.

A senior official at Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO), Iran’s largest metals and mining holding, has said that the value of exports for main copper products reached more than $1 billion over the past year.


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