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Iran's hollow glass market - Ongoing demand and growing offer

2010-01-01 | Markets & trends

With demand on the increase and an enviable geographical position, Iran is well set to see even further growth in its glass industry in the next few years.

Iran's hollow glass market - Ongoing demand and growing offer
Iran’s glass industry produces household glassware such as plates, glasses, bottles, jars, jugs, vases, and figurines, as well as vast quantities of sheet glass, with most of the country’s needs and only a relatively small part still needing to be imported.
Ongoing construction work will certainly boost the need for flat glass, with production at present estimated at 293,000 tons, which is 88 per cent of the actual production of 257,000 tons.
Iran’s glass industry, which has more than 3,500 years of glass blowing history, has numerous benefits, which include low labour costs, low cost raw materials, which are also plentiful, while prices of energy and fossil fuels are also low. Glassmakers in the country can therefore can keep their prices down thanks to this availability of natural raw material resources, especially silica.
Glass demand has increased rapidly in Iran over the past few years and the forecast is for a further 21 per cent growth in the next four years, much higher than worldwide expectations. Iran, in fact, has an approximate share of the global glass market of 0.5 per cent, while its share for the market of the Middle East reaches 18 per cent or more.
While the country’s glassmakers manufacture products for the entire range of glass: flat, container and tableware, technical glass, fiberglass and glass tubing do not see many companies.

The Iranian container glass sector is thriving, and uses the most modern technologies. Near Tehran, the capit...


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