Iran: a new era?
With a cement capacity of just over 80Mta, Iran ranks as one of the world's largest cement producers and its leading cement exporter. The country has made significant strides to adopt international quality standards and diversify into a range of cement types, partly encouraged by market demands and partly by the drive for more sustainable cement production. By Hamid Reza Tajik, ISIRI in ISO/TC74, Iran.
Following the 2013 presidential election in which Hassan Rouhani won a landslide victory with nearly 51 per cent of the vote, a new chapter in Iran’s relations with the rest of the world started. The country is the second-largest economy in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia with a GDP of US$400bn. It has the world’s largest reserves of natural gas and the fourth-largest oil resources.