On January 4, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang hosted a symposium on the development of the iron and steel industry to resolve excess capacity and realize the development of poverty alleviation in Taiyuan, Shanxi. He revealed a "secret": "Last year, we still imported in the case of severe steel production. Some special grades of high quality steel. We don't have the ability to produce mold steel, including the 'balls' on the ballpoint pen head, which still needs to be imported. This requires adjustment of the structure."
If it was not for Premier Li Keqiang’s statement, it is estimated that many people do not know. More than 3,000 pen-making enterprises, more than 200,000 working population, and an annual output of more than 40 billion ball-point pens... China has become a well-deserved pen-making country, but behind a series of proud figures, core technologies and materials are highly dependent on imports and inferior quality. The embarrassing situation of counterfeit products, the "ball" of a large number of ballpoint pens needs to be imported.