EghtesdaOnline: Close to 5.82 million tons of cement and clinker were exported from Iran during the first five months of the current Iranian year (March 21-Aug. 22), showing a 17.3% rise compared with the corresponding period of last year.
According to Mohammad Atabak, the head of the board of directors at Cement Employers Association, cement accounted for more than 2.93 million tons of the total sum and the remaining 2.88 million tons were clinker, registering a 9% and 26.9% increase year-on-year respectively, IRNA reported.
The official added that Iranian cement headed to more than 20 countries, of which Afghanistan and Iraq, purchasing 30% and 26% of the total exports respectively, were the first and second biggest customers.
Atabak added that Bangladesh and Kuwait were Iran’s first and second biggest clinker customers over the period under review, with a 22% and 21% share of total exports respectively, according to Financial Tribune.
Iran produced 24.08 million tons of cement during the five-month period, registering an increase of over 244,000 tons compared with last year’s corresponding period.
Clinker production witnessed 2.7% YOY increase to 26.09 million tons.
Iran exported 12.13 million tons of cement and clinker in the last fiscal year (March 2017-18), down 6.93% compared with the year before.
Cement accounted for 6.08 million tons (down 16.7% YOY), while clinker accounted for 6.05 million tons (up 5.7% YOY) of the total.