The producer of the Chinese spy balloons, China Zhuzhou Rubber Research & Design Institute Co Ltd. (中国化工株洲橡胶研究设计院有限公司), is a government-owned military research institute with weapon production licenses. Its military supporting products were used in the “Shenzhou V” manned spacecraft, and have won the PLA General Armament Department commendation. It is a designated research institution for the weather balloons of all military branches of the PLA, and the only professional research institute in the latex industry.
A recruitment notice shows that China Zhuzhou Rubber Research & Design Institute is a state-owned company. It develops & produces military products, it’s a designated research & production enterprise of China Meteorological Administration and the Military Equipment Development Department of the Battlefield Environment Protection Bureau of #PLA, a key institute of China’s National Torch Plan key high-tech enterprise (a famous military project), and Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory of Materials and Technology for Proximity Balloons, etc.
According to a Chinese language report, the balloons produced by Zhuzhou Rubber Research & Design Institute can reach an altitude as high as 48,000 meters (157,480.3 feet). 75% of the weather balloons released by 200 plus high altitude weather stations of China Meteorological Administration are produced by Zhuzhou Rubber Research & Design Institute.
This PDF file about China Zhuzhou Rubber Research & Design Institute Co Ltd. (中国化工株洲橡胶研究设计院有限公司) was downloaded from the government website at http://imp.zhuzhou.gov.cn/zzcms/DFS/file/2021/02/03/20210203115129499e7jy4i.pdf
The following is the full translation of the introduction page of China Zhuzhou Rubber Research & Design Institute Co Ltd ( original address: http://www.cnrubbermachinery.com/index.php?homepage=zhuzhouxiangjiao&file=introduce )
China Zhuzhou Rubber Research & Design Institute Co Ltd. (中国化工株洲橡胶研究设计院有限公司) was founded in 1964, formerly known as “Latex Industry Research Institute of Ministry of Chemical Industry”. As one of the first 242 converted scientific research units in China, it was converted into an enterprise in 1999 and is now subordinate to the Scientific Research Institute of China National Chemical Corporation.
Located at No. 818 Xinhua East Road, Zhuzhou City, Hunan Province, the institute covers an area of 54,000 square meters, with total assets of more than 48 million yuan and an annual operating income of more than 60 million yuan.
The institute is the only professional research institute in the latex industry, the national latex products military supporting product development, research and production unit, the national latex products quality monitoring center, technical information center and standardization technical focal point, the China Meteorological Bureau and the General Staff Meteorological and Hydrological Bureau weather balloon designated research and production enterprises, and is one of the only two weather balloon production enterprises in China.
The National Latex Products Quality Supervision and Inspection Center, Hunan Province Rubber and Rubber Products Quality Supervision and Inspection Authorization Station and Hunan Province Pharmaceutical Rubber Packaging Materials Quality Inspection Station are also located in the Institute.
The Institute is mainly engaged in the research, development, production and testing of latex products, polymer composite materials and special rubber products mainly for weather balloons. The main products and services include: various specifications of weather balloons, mold sets, rubber tubes, special rubber products, inflatable advertising products, polymer composite materials; rubber and rubber products commissioned inspection, arbitration inspection, product identification and testing of scientific research results, technical services, system certification, mandatory certification, product certification consulting work and the development and development of rubber condom-related testing equipment.
The institute has obtained a weapons and equipment scientific research and production license, weapons and equipment scientific research and production level 2 confidential qualification certificate.
The leading product weather balloon has passed ISO9001 quality system certification and military quality system certification and is exported to Eastern Europe, West Asia, Southeast Asia, North America, and other regions.
The institute has four research institutes, including latex products, special rubber products, synthetic materials, and engineering design, with more than 180 scientific and technical personnel, including more than 100 senior professional and technical personnel, and 8 personnel enjoying national government allowances.
Since the establishment of the institute, the institute insists on the purpose of establishing the institute by industry, developing the institute by science and technology, strengthening the institute by service and enriching the institute by efficiency, and has completed more than 300 scientific research projects, which have won more than 60 national and provincial and ministerial awards and played an important role in the development of national latex industry and national defense construction. Among them, the 75-type radar calibration balloon was awarded the National Science Conference Significant Contribution Award; the development of 750 grams of natural latex sounding balloon won the National Excellent New Product Award; military supporting products were used in the “Shenzhou V” manned spacecraft, won the PLA General Armament Department commendation; the Institute’s independent development of a “new type of sounding balloon” developed independently by the institute, filling the gap in China, won the second prize of science and technology development of China Meteorological Administration.
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The following is the original Chinese language introduction of China Zhuzhou Rubber Research & Design Institute copied from https://web.archive.org/web/20230204151118/http://www.cnrubbermachinery.com/index.php?homepage=zhuzhouxiangjiao&file=introduce
中国化工株洲橡胶研究设计院有限公司创建于1964年，原名“化工部乳胶工业研究所”。作为全国首批242家转制科研单位之一，1999年转制为企业，现隶属于中国化工集团公司科学研究院。该院位于湖南省株洲市新华东路818号，占地面积5.4万平方米，现有资产总额4800多万元，年营业收入6000多万元。 该院是全国乳胶行业唯一专业研究院，全国乳胶制品军工配套产品开发、研制、生产单位，全国乳胶制品质量监测中心、技术情报中心和标准化技术归口单位，中国气象局和总参气象水文局气象气球定点研究生产企业，也是中国仅有的两家气象气球生产企业之一。国家乳胶制品质量监督检验中心、湖南省橡胶与橡胶制品质量监督检验授权站、湖南省药用橡胶类包装材料质量检测站也设在院内。 该院主要从事以气象气球为主的乳胶制品、高分子复合材料、特种橡胶制品的研制、开发、生产与检测。主要产品和服务包括：各种规格的气象气球、模具套、胶管、特种橡胶制品、充气广告制品、高分子合成材料；橡胶与橡胶制品的委托检验、仲裁检验、产品科研成果鉴定检验、技术服务、体系认证、强制认证、产品认证咨询工作及橡胶避孕套相关检验设备的研制和开发。该院已经取得武器装备科研生产许可证、武器装备科研生产二级保密资格证书。主导产品气象气球通过了ISO9001质量体系认证和军品质量体系认证，远销东欧、西亚、东南亚、北美等地区。 该院下设乳胶制品、特种橡胶制品、合成材料、工程设计等四个研究所，共有科技人员180余人，其中高级专业技术人员100余人，享受国家政府津贴人员8人。建院以来，该院坚持产业立院、科技兴院、服务强院、效益富院的宗旨，共完成各种科研课题300多项，获国家级及省部级奖的项目有60多项，为国家乳胶工业的发展和国防建设发挥了重要作用。其中75型雷达校准用气球曾获全国科学大会重大贡献奖；750克天然胶乳探空气球的研制获全国优秀新产品奖；某军工配套产品被应用在“神舟五号”载人飞船，获得解放军总装备部嘉奖；该院自主开发研制的某“新型探空气球”，填补了国内空白，获得了中国气象局科技开发二等奖。 热忱欢迎奋斗的、无私的、自律的有识之士加盟，与我们携手并肩，共同创业！
The following is the original Chinese language about China Zhuzhou Rubber Research & Design Institute copied from