Iran’s glass industry produces household glassware such as plates, glasses, bottles, jars, jugs, vases, statues etc. ,as well as vast quantities of sheet glass. Presently, five large plants are in production, supplying most of the country’s needs and only a relatively small part of the needs still has to be imported. Plans have been made for expanding production through the creation of new facilities in the Third Development Plan. The total nominal production capacity of the country’s production plants is 293,000 tons and the actual production is 257,000, i.e. the plants work at 88% of their capacity, on average.