The central regions of Iran have the largest number of construction stone producers. However, Chabahar in the south-east of the country has witnessed the setting up of the greatest and most modern complex for producing this types of products in Iran.
Central province such as Isfahan and Tehran have been the main centers of production and processing of construction and decorative stones for decades. However, another leading plant should be pinned on the map of construction stone factories.
Chabahar Free Economic Zone has created an excellent condition for carrying out different projects due to its potential for the entry and exit of raw materials and final product as well as the low-cost workforce.

Accordingly, the first hard-cutting stone factory will be constructed in Chabahar with a capacity of 1 million square meters of sliced stones and 500 thousand square meters of decorative stones.The project uses the latest technology of the day.
“The project is launched to cut and convert a variety of construction stones. So, 20% of the products will supply the domestic market, and the remaining 80% will be shipped to overseas countries,” said Sepanta Daneshmand, CEO of Tat Makuran Trade Co.
According to him, the feasibility and regional studies to create a production, export and service complex in Chabahar took five and three years, respectively.
Commenting on other features of the project, he noted the design of the production line will be carried out by Italian specialists as well as the project’s founder and consulting firm to meet the central demand in the coming years.”
He emphasized that high productivity and using 90% of raw stones as feed are the prominent features of the project.Whereas, the efficiency of the most stone processing plants in Iran is low and a part of the feed turns into waste due to applying out-dated methods.
Daneshmand announced that the largest workshops will be held in the plant and the rate of waste will be minimized.
“Given the fact that the purpose of setting up the plant is the optimal use of resources, we can describe its operations as environmentally friendly,” Daneshmand asserted.

According to him the foreign investment of the project is €39mn, and the total investment is over €52mn.
Upon launching the plant, 125 workers will be employed in the first phase of the project.
Signalling the factors involved in selecting Chabahar for constructing the plant, he said “ We wanted to improve the employment situation in the region.The plant will be a considerable step in creating direct job opportunities.On the other hand, the governing rules and regulations in this geographical area are facilitating.The proximity of the factory to the port, a high number of local staff and the creation of a production hub for various types of construction stones in the region are among other determining factors in choosing Chabahar”.
Stating that the target of the project is placing Iran among the five leading global producers of construction stones, he added “In a five-year perspective, we intend to be the largest producer of construction stones in the region”.


Dr. Bahram Shakouri
Head of Mines and Mineral Industries Commission of Iran Chamber of Commerce

Given the increasing demand for minerals and the development of mining technology all over the world, Iran needs to be equipped with modern technology.
Having about 7% of global reserves, Iran is considered as one of the 15 richest mineral countries in the world.
According to Iran’s Sixth Five-Year Development Plan (2017-2021), the mineral production is forecasted 700mt in the country’s outlook plan for 2025. As the current production is about 350mt, development, and modernization of equipment and machinery in all exploration, extraction, and processing sectors become almost essential.
On the other hand, the potential of Iran’s mineral reserves, as one of the economic development opportunities in the country, has not yet been adequately addressed. Currently, the contribution of the mining sector to gross domestic product (GDP) is almost 1% compared to that in richest mining countries such as Australia (7.8%), Chile (18.1%), and South Africa (14%).
Large-scale mines get the top priority for optimizing production, cutting the cost of minerals, as well as improving competitive power in global markets. To do so specialized machinery with high volume and operating power are required. For example, loaders with a bucket volume of 40 cubic meters (about 72t) and tracks with a capacity of 450t are produced to meet the needs of increasing the speed and power of loading. They are great alternatives for small volume machinery speeding up the operations.

Ebrahim Jamili, an Iranian zinc industry manager and Head of the Iran Economy House, believes that Iran’s mineral potential is not well-known.
He emphasized that attending global events in mining and mineral industries as well as providing the comprehensive database of the sector are the current needs of the industry. This board member of Asia Zarrin Madan Co. also announced that companies from Europe are negotiating to purchase a part of the stocks of Asia Zarrin Madan Co. and Zanjan Kimia Co.
“We have created a capacity of 480,000t in the zinc industry. However, we have been faced with a shortage of minerals and some other problems. Thus we have not been able to utilize the capacity fully”, Jamili said.
The Head of the Iran Economy House also emphasizes that the JCPOA has provided the conditions for using foreign capital and


Several projects, worth over $1bn, will be started by the end of the first half of the Iranian calendar year (September 2017) in Iran. Also, 19 projects, valued at $2 bn will be undertaken by the cooperation of the private sector in different provinces of the country.
The projects to be launched in the coming months include Zarand Coke Making Plant (MIDHCO), the road pavement of Mahabad mines, the access to Aligudarz mines,the access to Zabol cement mines, Sangan Pelletizing Plant ,with a capacity of 5mt(Mobarakeh Steel Co.), Parsian transmission line, Sangan power transmission line, as well as Neyriz and Mianeh sponge iron plants.


Ardeshir Sa’ad Mohammadi, CEO of Iran Zinc Mines Development Company(IZMDC), the largest Lead and Zinc holding in the Middle East, described the preceding Iranian year (March 2017-18) promising and disclosed the company’s plans focused on technical knowledge advancement in the new Iranian year.
He also noted that cooperation with China and Australia in various fields would be fruitful for the country.
“In terms of technology, the preceding year (March 2016-17) was of great opportunity for the company and we have managed to reach the set goals,” He said.
During the period, IZMDC launched four major projects including Hydrated Lime, Zanjan, as well as BZS, Calcimin Co., which is able to convert 400,000 tonnes of 5% cake to 100,000 tonnes of 20% concentrate. Likewise, the company was successful in carrying out BZS projects in Qeshm Zinc Melting and Reduction Complex, as well as Bandar Abbas Zinc Production (the project is at the final stage).
He stressed that the company is making a great attempt to promote its technological knowledge.


Reaching the production capacity of 55mt in steel industry does not seem feasible without defining development projects in rail transit. Subsequently, Iran Steel Comprehensive Plan has arose the necessities in rail lines.

According to a report released by the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (IRIR), reaching 105mt capacity is projected for iron ore, steel, coal and limestone transport in railroads while the figure reported in 2016 stood at 27mt.
On the other hand, Iran’s railroads in different parts of the country needs to increase from current 13,000 to 25,000km of which 3,600km will be allocated to steel industry. The current transport capacity of railroads is 39mt and should reach 202mt by 2025.
Concurrently, road transport capacity needs to increase from 59 to 90mt and those of marine transport should rise from 27 to 30mt.
Upstream laws including Sixth Five-Year Development Plan has introduced rail transport as a critical issue in Iran’s economy and is currently seeking Parliament’s final approval.
Another subject emphasized in the Sixth Development Plan is that besides sectors such as mining industry, proper attention needs to be paid to rail transit in tourism, ICT, as well as energy, so that the investment made by non-governmental sector in rail transport is considered as a finance allocated to less developed regions.
As a result, all laws and regulations related to investment in those areas such as tax exemptions will be applied to investors.
A report presented by Majlis Research Center in 2016 revealed that since 2014, of 22,562 freight wagons, over 95% was owned by the private sector while the share of IRIR, as a state-run body, was merely 5%, indicating the dominant role of the private sector. The private sector transported 29mt of the total cargos in the mentioned period.