Head of Iran ' s Trade Promotion Organization(TPO) Hamid Safdel announced that the country ' s cement output experienced a remarkable increase after inauguration of several production plants in recent years, adding that Iran produced over 80 million tons of cement in the last Iranian year(ended March 20).

Safdel said Iran is now self - reliant in meeting domestic needs to cement, and added, " Some 80 million tons of cement were produced in Iran last year(ended March 20). " He noted that Iran is currently the fourth cement producer in the world. Last month, a senior trade official announced that Iran ' s cement exports witnessed an eye - catching growth in the last Iranian year. " Iran ' s cement exports touched 13.5 million tons in the one - year period showing a 38 percent increase last year, " Iranian Deputy Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade Vajihollah Ja ' fari said. He noted that Iran ' s cement industry is growing due to close cooperation between domestic industrialists and the government. Iran is among the 15 major mineral - rich countries of the world and exports its industrial and mineral products to 159 countries, including Iraq, China, the United Arab Emirates, India, and Afghanistan. Earlier this month, Ja ' fari announced that the country ' s cement output experienced a remarkable increase after inauguration of several cement production plants in recent years. " Self - sufficiency in meeting the country ' s need to cement and increasing the cement output to above 70 million tons is an important achievement for Iran, " Ja ' fari said. He said that Extensive efforts have taken place in mineral industries section in the ninth and tenth governments and in the fields of tile, ceramic, chinaware and glass products we have acted quite well. In August 2011, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Iran has joined the world cement exporters club after building numerous cement factories across the country. " Today our country has become a main exporter of cement, " Ahmadinejad said at a ceremony held to inaugurate the second phase of a cement factory in Orumiyeh, Northwestern Iran, in mid August.