-CHAPTER FOUR Production and Export of Ore Minerals in IRAN
According to the reports of Iranian Center for statistic 2656 Mines were active in Iran in the year 2000. According to the report of the year 2001 regarding the active mines of Iran 1006 sand and gravel, 416 dimension stones (ornamental stones), 259 blocky stones constitute the major portion of 256 mines in Iran. According to this report the total value of mine production reaches to 4177 Billion rails. Ornamental stones, Iron mines and coal mines with respective 790 , 781, 522 billion rials constitute the highest production values consecutively. Twenty eight Iron, Seven lead – zinc, one gold , seven copper, one antimony, three phosphate, one asbestos constitute the minorities among 2656 active mines while 1006 sand and gravel, 416 ornamental stone and 26 blocky stone mines constitute the majority of Iranian active mines.
The export of Iranian ore mineral, was, in last year around one million dollars.
In the year 2003 the total production of mineral industries was as follows: 8 million tons steel, 180000 aluminum, 150000 copper cathode, 31 million tons of Portland cement 110 million of tiles, 22 million tons copper ore, 110000 tons reaching in total of 145000000 tons. During the past 20 years the production of refractories has increased by 600%.