TASHKENT, March 1 (TCA) — By the end of 2013 Uzbekistan will commission four ceramic tile production facilities worth US $48.6 million, Akbar Mukhitdinov, the general manager of national construction material company Uzstroymaterialy, told reporters.
Mukhitdinov said the new production lines, with a total capacity of 9.8 million square meters per year, will increase tile production in Uzbekistan by 2.8 times compared with 2012, to 15.2 million square meters per year.
Specifically, by the end of this year Russia’s Invest Realty will complete the construction of a ceramics factory in the Samarkand region with a capacity of 2.7 million square meters of tiles per year. The project costing $28 million is being financed through a loan from the German Berliner Bank and the direct investment of Invest Realty.
Iranian EMG in late 2013 will build a tile production facility costing approximately $12 million in the Tashkent region. The plant's capacity is 2.1 million square meters per year.
The annual demand of Uzbekistan’s market for ceramic tiles is about 20 million square meters per year. The total production capacity in the country now stands at 5.4 million square meters per year.