Mostafa Tanha told IRNA that if a record high is posted, it will be a big success despite the limitations imposed by the sanctions and also the coronavirus pandemic.
The production of tires in Iran rose 20 percent during the ten months to January 19, 2021, compared to the same period last year.
A sum of 225,269 tons of tires were produced during the ten-month period.
In terms of number, a 20 percent growth was achieved through the production of 20.9 million tires.
Some 132,741 passenger car tires were produced in the said time span, showing a 24 percent growth.
Also a total of 20,695 tons of van tires were produced in 10 months to January 19, indicating a nine percent growth.
And 47,859 tons of truck and bus tires were produced, showing a 15 percent rise.
Production of the tires of light agricultural vehicles showed a growth of 49 percent to stand at 3,609 tons, and of the heavy ones rose 13 percent to stand at 15,081 tons.
Meanwhile, 5,284 tons of road building and industrial vehicle tires were produced, with a 13 percent growth compared to the ten months of the past Iranian year.
The bicycle and motorcycle tire output stood at 16,182 tons, indicating 32 percent growth.
Having an annual production capacity of 426,000 tons of tire, Iran accounts for 41 percent of tire output in the Middle East, according to the deputy director of the non-metal industries office of the Iranian Industry, Mine, and Trade Ministry.
Mohsen Safdari said that 11 tire production units are active in the country creating jobs for 14,500 people.
He said 426,000 tons is the nominal capacity, while the real output is less than this figure as some units are working with 60-70 percent of their capacity.
“Iranian tire industry is dependent on foreign raw materials by 40 percent, so we are self-reliant by 60 percent in this field”, he added.