Tehran to Host 3rd Int’l Aluminum Conference
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The third Iran International Aluminum Conference (IIAC) will be held in Tehran on May 25-26, secretary of the conference announced.
Mansour Soltaniyeh said 13 firms from eight countries, namely China, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, India, Turkey and Britain will take part in the third edition of the conference.
He said an aluminum exhibition is also planned to be held on the sidelines of the international event.
Soltaniyeh further referred to Iran’s advantage in aluminum industry, saying that the country ought to make optimum use of its joint oil and gas resources with other Persian Gulf countries by turning natural gas into “solid energy”, namely aluminum.
He noted that the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are rapidly boosting their aluminum production.
According to Soltaniyeh, while Iran was the first country in the Middle East to launch its aluminum industry, it currently produces 380,000 tons of aluminum annually, compared to the UAE’s annual aluminum output of close to 2 million tons.
Iran’s aluminum production is planned to hit 1.5 million tons by the end of the country’s 20-Year Vision Plan, which runs until March 2025.
Iran plans to become the world’s 14th leading aluminum producer by the end of the 5th Economic Development Plan, which began in 2010 and ends in 2015.