FT: Iran now exporting glass.

Tehran, 4 February: Director-general of Mineral Industries Department at the Industries and Mines Ministry announced that Iran has become self-sufficient in cement, glass and tiles and joined the ranks of exporter of these products.

Abbas Safakish said at a press conference here on Monday [4 February] that in the first ten months of the current Iranian year, which began in March, 22.3m t of cement and clinker were produced in the country.Of this, he added, about 2.5m t, worth 35m dollars, were exported.

The official said there are 34 cement factories in the country that operate with an annual 29.4m t nominal production capacity. He said the figure will rise to 40m t by 2005.

He added that next year, 1.8m t are to be added to the country's nominal cement production capacity. He put the present per capita cement consumption at 385 kg.

He production capacity for tile and glass, he said, was 71m sq.m. and 450,000 t respectively a year and said the figures will reach 115m sq.m. and 650,000 t a year next year respectively.

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