Iron & Steel
Beifa Group, the country's leading manufacturer of stationery, said it has mastered the
technology to produce a ballpoint pen using China-made materials and parts.
The breakthrough, using steel from Taiyuan Iron & Steel, one of the country's biggest stainless
steelmakers, comes after Premier Li Keqiang had said that China's inability to make the
high-grade steel and precision machinery required to make the key component of the pens－the metal ball and its casing－reflected badly on Chinese manufacturing in general.