Jul 16, 2014, 12:19 PM
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Tile, ceramic output ranks fourth in world

Tehran, July 16, IRNA - Iran ranks fourth in the world in terms of tile and ceramic output with an annual production of 500 million square meters, said the head of the Board of Directors of Iranian Ceramic Producers Syndicate (ICPS).

Mohammad Roshanfekr told IRNA on Tuesday that in view of its equipment and machineries, Iran has a production capacity of 700 million square meters of tiles and ceramics per year.

He added that $3.5 billion have been invested to materialize the current production capacity.

"At present, more than 130 tile and ceramic production units are operating across the country, which have created about 90,000 direct jobs and 350,000 indirect jobs," he said.

Roshanfekr noted that currently, Iran’s tile and ceramic production exceeds domestic demand, which calls for drafting strategic plans for exporting the products.

"At present, making investments in mining sector and producing industrial soils is more important than issuing permits for setting up new tile and ceramic production units," he said.

The ICPS chief put global tile and ceramic production capacity, excluding China, at 8.5 billion square meters per year.

“In the last Iranian year (ended March 20, 2014), Iran exported 110 million square meters of tiles and ceramics worth $450 million. This year, hopefully, the figure will grow by 20 percent to reach 140 million square meters,” he said.

Roshanfekr added that his syndicate has signed a protocol with the Ministry of Industries, Mines and Trade to increase tile and ceramic exports to $1 billion in three years.

He said Russia imports 70 million square meters of tile and ceramic per annum.

With an annual output of 200 million square meters, Yazd province ranks first among provinces in tile and ceramic production. It is followed by Qazvin, Isfahan, East Azarbaijan, Tehran and Kermanshah.

In addition to the Mideast and Central Asian states, European and Latin American countries are also among the customers of Iranian tiles and ceramics