From a mining perspective Iran is one of the top 15 mineral rich countries in the world, holding some 68 types of minerals, and about 37 billion tons of proven reserves and about 60 billion tons of potential reserves. And 30% of the country’s non-oil exports, 
The most important mines in Iran include coal, metallic minerals, sand and gravel, chemical minerals and salt, zinc  (world’s largest reserves) , copper (world's ninth largest reserves in 2011, iron (world's 12th largest in 2013 according to the US Geological Survey),uranium (world's tenth largest) and lead (world's eleventh largest). chromium, barite, salt, gypsum, molybdenum, gold and uranium  Iran with roughly 1% of the world's population holds more than 7% of the world's total mineral reserves. Close to 30 percent of the country's investment has been made in the mining field in recent years.
Iran has more than 3,000 active mines, mostly privately owned,
Depend on this, SMC mine department professional team, manage export section of some active mines and try to develop this business by closing both side standards together. We know Iran capacity and target markets demands.

Iran; Gateway of Mines at West Asia

Iran is placed at Asia southwest like a bridge between Asia, Europe and Africa which has taken lead in mining exploration and experts and using of minerals since thousands of years. On one hand intelligence, genius and science of Iranian people and on the other hand high potential and variety of mineral resources, lack of dense vegetation and also long history in this arena caused to boom mining activities and manner of minerals using in all eras of ancient Iran history that explorers, miners and mine industrialists are surprised yet. There have known hundreds of ancient mines such as gold, copper, iron, lead and zinc, silver, etc. in Iran which had been used for hundreds of years. Iran is placed at a zone which there are countries with pure mineral resources at neighbor such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia and bordered countries of Persian Gulf. These countries have invested in industries like steel but they import primary materials, so Iran could be a perfect source to supply their requirements consuming they are increasing at numbers. 
Iran has unique situation for supplying energy of mining activities especially in processing and metals section because it has 18% of gas resources and 9% of oil resources between countries with mineral resources in the world, also there is inexpensive costs for energy down to 50% of universal price and this situation will provide amazing terms for large companies to do all process related to mining from extraction to production with appropriate total costs and export to countries at surround.
At geological view, Iran is placed at conclusion of two continents, Laurasia and Gondwana, also at orogenic belt of Alp-Himalaya. This placement makes Iran to be one of mineral countries worldwide. As it compromised more than 5500 ore deposit and mineral signs in Iran and also it was announced about 54 billion tons of certain and probable resources for metal and non-metal mines in Iran. According to geological data there are different consequences for internal and external processes of earth at different times and locations in Iran, so Iran has special complexity in geological changes, sediment terms and environmental conditions. These kinds of complexities of geology has divided sediment-plate tectonic zones up to 68 types of minerals (non-oil derivatives) considering 37 billion tons of discovered resources and 57 billion of potential resources Iran is one of countries with rich mineral assets which makes Iran to be counted in 15 mineral powers at world.
The most important mines in Iran include coal, metallic minerals, sand and gravel, chemical minerals and salt. Other large deposits which mostly remain underdeveloped are zinc (world's largest), copper (world's ninth largest reserves in 2011, according to the managing director of National Iranian Copper Industries Company), iron (world's 12th largest in 2013 according to the US Geological Survey).
Iran with roughly 1% of the world's population holds more than 7% of the world's total mineral reserves.
Although the petroleum industry provides the majority of economic revenues, about 75 percent of all mining sector employees work in mines producing minerals other than oil and natural gas. These include coal, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, chromium, barite (world's sixth largest producer), salt, gypsum, molybdenum, strontium, silica, uranium, and gold (most as a coproduct of the Sarcheshmeh copper complex operations). The mines at Sarcheshmeh in Kerman Province contain the world's second largest lode of copper ore (5% of the world's total). Some 128,500 tons were extracted in 2000–2001. Large iron ore deposits exist in central Iran, near Bafq, Yazd, and Kerman. Iran produces orpiment and realgar arsenic concentrates, silver, asbestos, borax, hydraulic cement, clays (bentonite, industrial, and kaolin), diatomite, feldspar, fluorspar, turquoise, industrial or glass sand (quartzite and silica), lime, magnesite, nitrogen (of ammonia and urea), perlite, natural ocher and iron oxide mineral pigments, pumice and related volcanic materials, caustic soda, stones and decorative stones (including granite, marble, travertine, dolomite, and limestone), celestite, natural sulfates (aluminum potassium sulfate and sodium sulfate), amber, tungsten, agate, lapislazuli and talc. Iran also produces ferromanganese, ferromolybdenum, nepheline syenite, demantoids, phosphate rock, selenium, shell, andalusite, rockwool, garnet, [29] gabbro, diorite, vermiculite, attapulgite, Mineral fibers and health, calcium, barium, rare earth elements, scandium, yttrium and zeolite, and had the capacity to mine onyx Iran also has large deposits of herbertsmithite around the city of Anarak.
At a glance, Iran considering its mass of certain and potential resources, appropriate foundations, suitable market inside and neighborhood, low price of energy, access to high seas and also professional and educated manpower in mine section is known as one of the proposed countries in world to invest for large mineral companies and it is THE PARADISE FOR MINERAL INVESTMENT.



Our Services

The SMC Mine Department is one of foremost companies in private sector and also it has an active presence in export area, consulting services and mineral investment.Research and Development unit of SMC Mine Department also known as a mineral unit in private sector of Iran, to be introduced as a valid export agency in mine area relying on extensive and practical studies on various areas of mining and mine economy.  Main activity of SMC Company in mine division is international consults to   provide technical Services in area of minerals exporting.We serve businessmen using of our specialists and experts related to marketing and selling of minerals field and internal and international standards  in order to do entire trading and manufacturing affairs including import and export. Strategic schedule to develop business for SMC Mine Department has two paths ahead: 

  1. Doing activities in order to expanding business including mining and trading acts development.
  2. Doing activities in order to completing chain of value added use of  developing in mine industry area.

Business and exports Consulting  Services in SMC Mine Department:

  • Management and strategic schedule of  mine companies:Analysis of internalsstrengths and weaknesses), analysis of environment opportunities and threats)
  • Planning export model in mine department:business background in mine dep., structure description or business method ownership, partnership or collaboration), industry and market research, target market and customer research, business operations, products, introduction of contractors, human resources requirements, introduction of required consultants and experts, legal issues
  • Identify and consulting of investment opportunities in the mine sector, mine economy orientation
  • Evolutions of exchange market and its impact on the mine industry
  • Investment risks of mine industries
  • Technical-economic feasibility study plan of exporting minerals
  • Design and Codification of mine plans to export
  • Perform entire trading services for distribution, clearance, warehousing and customs affairs


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