Tehran – IRNA – The country’s steel industry, with a history of more than half a century, today ranks first among competitors in the Middle East in terms of production and exports, and is expected to reach seventh place from 1404 from the 10th world level with the promotion of the position.

According to the Comprehensive Steel Plan, the major producers of steel in the Middle East are Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, with a share of about 25 percent of our country’s production of about 25 million tons in 2018.

Although the latest statistics of the Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Industries of the Ministry of Industry with the Iranian Steel Producers Association regarding the performance of 1998 have a difference of one million tons, but it does not create a gap in our country’s position in the region.

The Ministry of Industry announced a total of 28 million tons of steel production last year (according to the Deputy Minister of Mines) and the Iranian Steel Producers Association at 27 million tons.

Statistics show that Saudi Arabia is 15 percent more productive, the UAE is 9 percent and Qatar is 7 percent, far behind Iran.

Most consumers in the Middle East

According to the study of the country’s comprehensive steel plan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, in addition to being the largest producers of steel in the Middle East, also have the highest consumption of steel.

The fact is that the three countries in the Middle East (Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) account for more than 70 percent of steel consumption in the region.

Iran accounts for 38 percent of consumption, Saudi Arabia 21 percent, the UAE 15 percent, followed by Iraq with 6 percent and other countries with a total of 20 percent.

Steel exports

According to 2017 statistics, the crude steel exports of Russia, Brazil and Iran, Ukraine and Japan were the highest recorded, with Iran’s share reaching 6,873,000 tons.

In the early 1990s, Iran imported an average of five to seven million tons of steel imports, including ingots and steel sections, but today it is considering a 40 to 45 percent share of production for export.

Export statistics for the year 1998

The issue of steel exports is also a statistical difference between the Ministry of Industry and the Iranian Steel Producers Association. The Ministry of Export Statistics announced more than 9 million tons (ingots and steel products), but the association said in a letter in May. Addressing the Minister of Industry, he wrote that for export concerns, he mentioned last year’s performance of 11 million tons.

Landscape horizon 1404

Official statistics from the Ministry of Industry on the 1404 Vision Export Plan show a figure of 14 million tons, which is optimistic if the construction and housing sectors continue to be in recession, but the National Housing Project plans to build 400,000 units. On the agenda, can boost domestic demand.

According to the vision document predicted in 1404, the amount of steel exports in the form of ingots of seven million tons and the same amount of steel sections to be exported.