Information from the Un-Islamic Republic is not always accurate. There is much propaganda in order to sell the narrative of "progress" from the UK/USA installed puppet un-Islamic republic of 33 years.
Steel is the foundation of Industrialization, which I so enthusiastically and irritatingly told the Pak government official back in 1983 as a teenager. I had gleaned this "remarkable gem" of a fact from my O level history at Sir Wilfrid Martineau secondary school at Tile Cross, Brum.
Birmingham was once the proud industrial hub of British industry. Though of course in the interests of revisionist history one must mention that India had invented Wootz steel a full 2 millennium earlier, and like Birmingham was also world renowned for its steel artifacts from steel swords, sabers to pots and pans.
Steel is a significant material for industrialization, and industrialization is the key to future economic development. Neighbor Turkey produces 33 million tons of steel and China produces 650 million tons, so Iran should NOT have problems producing 65 million tons of steel in a few years. Additionally power generation will be very important, so Iran should try and produce between 300--350 billion kWt electricity by 2016-2017.....using oil and gas turbines manufactured in Iran.
We hope the Un-Islamic Republic regime, installed by the UK/USA is true to its words of modernizing and industrializing Iran. This will bring prosperity and much needed jobs for the vast numbers of unemployed youths in Iran.
In complete contrast, Pakistan only produces a paltry 1.5 million tons of steel, even though the country contains vast reserves of iron ore in Kalabagh, and 200 billion tons of coal reserves in Sindh. The Germans offered EU funded steel mills for free in the 1960's which were turned down, and misguidance of the UK/USA States has meant that Pakistan has no real industrialization policy, let alone a credible steel sector.
The UK educated government official holding a Ph.D was vehemently adamant that Pakistan had all the time in the world to industrialize..........that Ayub Khan was in too much of a hurry to industrialize.
Pakistan through its close friendship with the UK/USA is as a result a failed state......that is even now STILL pondering whether to help the USA/NATO occupation of Afghanistan into infinity (Afghan heroin harms millions of Pakistanis; terrorism from Afghanistan harms Pakistan's stability; the USA's military presence in Afghanistan simultaneously militarizes many issues in Pakistan detrimentally at the cost of and consideration of other vital national questions....such as alleviation of poverty, national stability, cohesion of the state, governance, relationships with neighbors)
Iran's steel output to hit 48mn tons in five years
Machinery at the newly-launched steel production line at Sangan-Khaf iron ore mine in the Iranian eastern province of Khorasan Razavi (file photo)
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the government plans to increase the country's steel production to 48 million tons during the next five years.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of an iron ore concentrate production line at the Sangan-Khaf iron ore mine in the Iranian eastern province of Khorasan Razavi on Friday, President Ahmadinejad said the current amount of Iran’s steel production which is at 14 million tons now should reach 48 million tons in a 4-5-year period.
“In order to produce steel and steel products, we need concentrates, iron ore and pellets,” he said.
The Iranian chief executive stated that the steel production capacity of the unit, which currently stands at 2.6 million tons of concentrates and pellets, will reach 5 million tons in the near future.
The major raw steel producers of Iran are the Mobarakeh Steel Mill, with approximately 47 percent of the market share, the Khuzestan Steel Company with about 23 percent, the Isfahan Foundry with about 20 percent, and the Iran National Steel Industries Group with approximately 10 percent of the market share.
According to the latest report published by the World Steel Association (WSA), Iran has become the largest producer of crude steel in the Middle East and Africa, given the hike in its steel output.
The report said that Iran produced 3.626 million tons of raw steel in the first quarter of 2012, indicating a 6.8-percent rise compared to the corresponding period last year.
Additionally, Iran’s crude steel output hit 1.163 million tons in March 2012, which shows a 7.7-percent hike in comparison with the same period last year.
Iran is among the 15 major mineral-rich countries of the world and exports its industrial and mineral products to 159 countries, including Iraq, China, the United Arab Emirates, India and Afghanistan.