The city of Ningde, in the province of Fujian (east China), is home to one of the largest producers of stainless steel in the world. And as China continues to make every effort to achieve carbon neutrality, the company is also going green.
The tip of a ballpoint pen is the most crucial part. But making this tiny part requires high-precision machinery and extremely thin steel.
As small as the tip of this ballpoint pen is, it took years for China – the world’s largest producer of ballpoint pens – to shake off the dependence on imports to create it.
The Tsingtuo group is one of the largest producers of these materials. The stainless steel produced by the group meets the manufacturing requirements for ballpoint pens. And it already accounts for 20% of China’s market share.
China relied on imported raw materials to make ballpoint pen tips until 2017, when a nationally developed stainless steel model only 2.3 millimeters thick was released.
In 2020, the Tsingtuo Group unveiled a product that was only 1.6 millimeters thick. The keyword behind this is technological innovation.
â€œTraditional ballpoint pen point steel is made of lead. Lead has a certain degree of toxicity. Therefore, during research and development, we are looking for non-toxic and harmless materials, â€said Xi Feifei of Tsingtuo Research Institute of Tsingtuo Group.
And the company is making more efforts to go green. It has implemented systems to monitor the energy consumption of its factories. They will be compared to national and even global standards.
â€œWe have invested 300 million yuan in building two three million ton stainless steel waste treatment systems. This is one of the major cases of stainless steel slag in the world and it can be processed without leave the industrial park, â€said Zhong Shengjiang, general manager. director at Tsingtuo Group.
The company has also made significant investments in the new energy sector. Faced with a tighter cap on carbon emissions and a higher goal of carbon neutrality, it’s worth looking at how manufacturers like Tsingtuo envision carbon neutrality while pursuing development.