Aug 30, 2020 11:20 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Oct 31, 2020 08:53 Asia/Tehran]
  • Iran forerunner in sponge iron production
    Iran forerunner in sponge iron production

Iran (IP) - Iran is ranked first in global production of direct reduced iron (DRI), also called sponge iron, in the first five months of 2020 despite the oppressive US sanctions.

Iran PressIran News: Iran was able to overtake India to become the world's largest producer of sponge iron by direct reduction in May 2020, the World Steel Association announced.

Also in the first five months of 2020, Iran has produced an additional 12 million tons of sponge iron, while India produced 11 million tons.

Sponge iron production in the world reached 32.1 million tons by June 22 this year. India, Egypt, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia are ranked after Iran.

DRI, also known as sponge iron, is the product of reducing iron oxide in the form of iron ore and steel plant wastes into metallic iron, below the melting point of iron and typically in the range of 800–1200 °C and is acts as a substitute for scrap and is useful in making steel through the secondary route.


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