EghtesaadOnline: A total of 158.45 million square meters of tiles were produced in Iran during the first five months of the current Iranian year (March 21- Aug. 22) to register an increase of 4.4% compared with last year’s corresponding period.
Tile production during the fifth Iranian month (July 23-Aug. 22) stood at 33.98 million square meters, 0.9% more compared to the month before, Fars News Agency reported citing data from the Ministry of Industries, Mining, and Trade.
A total of 400 million square meters of tiles and ceramics were produced in the country last year (March 2018-19), over 100 million square meters of which were exported.
The nominal capacity of Iran's tile and ceramic industry rose from 500 million square meters in the fiscal March 2014-15 to 540 million square meters in the fiscal 2017-18, according to Financial Tribune.
Plans are underway to increase the figure to 700 million square meters by 2025.
About 80% of Iran’s tile and ceramics exports go to neighboring Iraq. Countries in East Asia and Africa are also customers of Iranian tile and ceramics.