MNA – Head of Iran Tile and Ceramic Producers Guild Association Mohammad Roshanfekr said Saturday that the country produced 400 million square meters of tile and ceramics last year (ended Mar. 20, 2019), showing that exports of tile and ceramics in the same period increased 10 percent as compared to the previous year’s corresponding period.
The capacity of equipment and machinery installed in this sector exceeds the current production capacity between 35 and 40 percent at large, he reiterated.
He further noted that Iran managed to export about 121 million square meters of tiles and ceramics in 2017.
He reiterated, “statistics in 2011 and 2012 showed that Iran stood at 5th rank after China, India, Brazil and Spain in terms of tile and ceramics production.”
Another statistic indicated that 80 percent of the manufactured tiles and ceramics hit the domestic consumer market in previous years which the rest was exported to neighboring Iraq and target export markets, Roshanfekr added.