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China, while being the world’s biggest manufacturer of ballpoint pens, has not been able to manufacture the pen tips without relying on foreign imports. Taiyuan Iron and Steel, one of the country’s biggest stainless steelmakers, has announced that it’s finally able to develop the pen tips after five years of trying. Ballpoint tips require extremely high grade stainless steel and precision equipment.
For years, China has spent millions importing the stainless steel and other equipment from Japan and Switzerland
Beifa Group, one of the country’s largest ballpoint pen makers, said it has ordered the first batch of pen tips from Taiyuan, and expects to completely replace the need for imported steel within the next two years.
The issue has been a thorn in China’s side for years, with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang saying it reflected badly on Chinese manufacturing.
China even set up a national initiative to move its domestic pen makers up the industry value chain in 2011.
Now you can finally say that your pen is 100% Made in China