Turkey is the biggest producer of steel in the Middle East at 36 million tons. Turkey is rich in iron ore.....an important component of serious industrialization.
Iran's steel production of around 14 million tons is too small for serious industrialization.
For post-industrialized countries, which are very rich, steel becomes less important.
Iran ranks 15th in world in steel production
A view of the Mobarakeh Steel Mill, situated 75 kilometers (46 miles) southwest of the city of Isfahan, central Iran (file photo)
Recent data show that the Islamic Republic of Iran was the 15th largest steel producer in the world for the year 2012.
According to the latest report published by the World Steel Association, Iran produced 14.463 million tons of crude steel last year, and was named the 15th largest producer of crude steel in the world.
Iran is reportedly the biggest steel producer in the Middle East and North Africa. The country’s main steel mills are located in Isfahan and Khuzestan provinces.
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
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.