On May 16, an industry source said: "As Zhengzhou will hold the 11th National Minority Traditional Sports Games in the near future, a new round of environmental protection inspection in Henan will begin. This round of environmental protection inspection will be led by the main leaders of the counties to carry out surprise inspection on relevant enterprises. Affected by this, the production of corundum(fused aluminum oxide) smelters in Yichuan, Dengfeng and other areas has been largely discontinued.
Subsequently, information verification was conducted to relevant enterprises in Yichuan and Dengfeng areas. Local enterprises have also confirmed the authenticity of the information. In addition, it was revealed that although the enterprises have received the relevant rectification notice, the specific requirements for the rectification have not yet been formally promulgated, and the enterprises are also closely watching and assessing the impact of the environmental protection rectification on the normal production of local corundum industry.
In addition, it is worth mentioning that the 11th National Minority Traditional Sports Games, sponsored by the National People's Committee and the General Administration of Sports, and hosted by the People's Government of Henan Province, will be held in Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, from 8 to 16 September 2019. The National Minority Traditional Sports Games, held every four years, are the highest-ranking and most influential national traditional sports events in China. From a time point of view, the environmental protection rectification inspection will last at least until mid-September of this year. If the implementation standards of the rectification inspection are too strict, the entire period of four months will limit the local production capacity of corundum.