Monday, December 20, 2004

Exemplary Exporter presented to Eslamian, managing director of Mobarakeh Steel Co.

Iran International Magazine - On Agenda: "Exemplary Exporter Once Again

Esfahan’s Mobarakeh Steel Co. received the 2002 Exemplary Exporter Award for the metals and steel group by the ‘Committee for the Selection of Exemplary Exporters of the Country’. The award was presented to Mahmoud Eslamian, managing director of Esfahan’s Mobarakeh Steel Co., by the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Khatami.

The award presentation ceremony was held at the Heads of State Conference Hall in Tehran. Thirty nine exemplary Iranian exporters received their awards and were praised by the President. He spoke to hundreds of Iranian exporters present: "We have to remove the hurdles which are in the way of exports and at the same time give incentive to those who want to export goods." Mr. Khatami went on to reiterate that a number of rules and regulations, the single currency exchange rate and the increase in production costs had brought restrictions to exports and put pressure on exporters. He also emphasized that the authorities were under obligation to make efforts to end these export restrictions.

In an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Eslamian pointed out a number of the criterion for the choice of Exemplary Exporters, "Esfahan’s Mobarakeh Steel Co. has been recognized as an Exemplary Exporter as it was in 2000 and 2001. With the aim of a more active presence in the world market, obtaining knowledge of the latest production technology and finally meeting all the criteria as announced by the Export promotion Center of Iran this year, the company has made exports to over 20 countries including Canada, Italy, Portugal, Germany, South Korea, Turkey, Armenia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, the UAE, Ireland, Singapore and a few Persian Gulf countries."

Eslamian added, "This Company has at present invested $600 million in its development projects and intends to increase its production from the present 3.1 million ton capacity to 4 million tons. This investment sum has been supplied by Mobarakeh Steel Co. alone and its basic source has been the export of its products to the world market.

The managing director of Esfahan’s Mobarakeh Steel Co. spoke of his company as an active industry player and commented, ‘We have made the export of goods abroad as part of our policy since its establishment in 1993 and have exported between 20 to 25 percent of our products each year to various countries around the globe. Last year, the amount of sales abroad by our company amounted to 706,000 tons. This year due to an increase in demand in the local market and a specific need for its provision, the amount of export has been estimated at 600,000 tons. Of this volume, 370,000 tons has been sent abroad to 20 countries in the past seven months of the current Iranian year."

At the end of his speech, Eslamian emphasized that this success was due to cooperation, and alliance of all the employees and the respected families, contractors, and all affiliated companies of the complex, and went on to say that he hoped to see the continuation of this group effort until the complex could reach its true aims."

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