The 14th International Exhibition of Stone, Quarries & Related Industries opened in Isfahan Province on Monday. The five-day event will witness local and foreign companies showcase their latest developments in the production of structural and decorative stones, stone-cutting and processing equipment and machinery as well as new technologies in stone extraction. According to Vice Chairman of Iran Stone Association Malek Rahmati, Iran ranks third in terms of variety and production volume of ornamental stones after China and India. The country also has the world’s fourth biggest stone reserves, Tasnim News Agency reported. Its ornamental stone reserves alone amount to 4 billion tons. At present, around 1,800 stone mines and 6,000 stone cutting factories are active in the country.
Source: Financial Tribune Daily and contributors