Iran’s Aluminum Industry Achieves Record High Production, Continues Growth Streak

In a remarkable display of resilience and growth, Iran’s aluminum industry has achieved a new pinnacle in its production during the current fiscal year’s first nine months, spanning from March 21 to December 21. The industry has reported a staggering production of 400,481 tons of aluminum ingots, reflecting a remarkable 23% increase compared to the corresponding period in the previous year.

Summary: Iran’s Aluminum Industry Achieves Record High Production and Growth

  • Iran’s aluminum industry witnesses a 23% growth in aluminum ingot production, reaching 400,481 tons during the first nine months of the fiscal year.
  • Major contributors to this growth include Iran Aluminum Company (IRALCO), South Aluminum Company (SALCO), Almahdi Aluminum Company, and Iran Alumina Company.
  • Despite a 1% dip in alumina powder production, Iran Alumina Company remains the exclusive producer of alumina powder in the nation.
  • Bauxite production, a crucial precursor for aluminum production, records an 11% increase, supporting the industry’s growth trajectory.
  • The industry is on track to achieve a 24% increase in aluminum production for the entire year, with Salco and Iralco as prominent leaders.
  • Iran’s aluminum industry displays resilience amid challenges posed by sanctions on crude oil exports.
  • The industry’s growth underscores Iran’s commitment to progress on the global stage, positioning it among the top 15 global aluminum producers.


As unveiled by the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO), this surge in production has been underpinned by the efforts of key players within the industry. Leading the charge is the Iran Aluminum Company (IRALCO), renowned as the foremost producer of aluminum in the country. A significant contributor to the overall output, IRALCO has managed to produce an impressive 133,832 tons during this period.

The South Aluminum Company (SALCO), Almahdi Aluminum Company, and Iran Alumina Company have also made substantial contributions, adding 127,232 tons, 111,325 tons, and 28,092 tons respectively to the burgeoning production landscape.

The Iran Alumina Company has emerged as the sole producer of alumina powder in the nation. Although it has reported a marginal 1% decrease in alumina powder production, amounting to 175,284 tons during the nine-month period, the company has remained a linchpin in supporting the aluminum industry’s growth.

Alumina Powder and Bauxite: Building Blocks of Progress

The process of aluminum production relies on two key ingredients: alumina powder and bauxite. Iran Alumina Company, steadfast in its role, managed to produce a substantial 677,604 tons of bauxite during the scrutinized period. This marked an impressive 11% increase from the 608,195 tons produced during the same period in the preceding year.

Bauxite production is an integral precursor to alumina powder, and Iran’s progress in this sphere has paved the way for sustained growth in aluminum output. This progress is exemplified by the record-breaking 446,800 tons of aluminum ingots produced in the last Iranian year (March 2020-21), setting a new benchmark for the industry’s capabilities.

Unveiling the Momentum of Growth: A 24% Increase in Aluminum Production

As the current Iranian year draws to a close on March 20, 2022, the nation’s aluminum industry finds itself in the throes of a remarkable growth trajectory. A recent report from the Iranian Metals and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) highlights a staggering 24% increase in aluminum production compared to the corresponding period in the previous year.

This surge translates to an impressive output of over 453,000 metric tons of aluminum from major Iranian smelters within the ten months leading up to January 20, 2022. A closer examination of these figures reveals the pivotal contributions of key players within the industry.

Leaders in the Aluminum Landscape: Major Smelters Driving Progress

The South Aluminum Corporation (Salco) has emerged as a significant powerhouse in driving the industry’s growth, contributing over 149,000 metric tons of aluminum production. Hot on its heels is the Iranian Aluminum Company (Iralco), which has played a vital role by contributing just over 148,000 metric tons. Almahdi Aluminum Co. (Almahdi) has also significantly bolstered the industry’s momentum, adding more than 124,000 metric tons to the overall aluminum production.

Challenges and Triumphs Amid Sanctions

Iran’s aluminum industry’s ascent has not been without its share of challenges. The backdrop of US-imposed sanctions on the country’s crude oil exports has added complexity to the industry’s operations. However, the industry’s steadfast growth showcases its resilience and the nation’s commitment to progress.

A Promising Horizon for Aluminum Production

As one of the top 15 global aluminum producers, Iran’s trajectory in the aluminum sector holds immense promise. With sustained growth, innovative strategies, and a commitment to excellence, the nation’s aluminum industry is poised to continue its ascent, forging a path of economic and technological progress in the global arena. As the year draws to a close, the industry’s journey serves as a testament to the power of perseverance and strategic vision in the face of challenges.

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