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China North Industries Group Corporation Limited
Native name
Chinese: 中国兵器工业集团有限公司
Formerly called
China North Industries Group Corporation
State owned company
Industry Defence
Founded August 1988; 29 years ago (1988-08)
Headquarters Xicheng District, Beijing, China
Area served
Key people
Yin Jiaxu (Chairman)
Wen Gang (President)[1]
Products Munitions
Firearms, Artillery
Combat vehicle
Electro-optical devices
Increase CN¥ 403.8 billion (2016)
Increase CN¥ 13.5 billion (2016)
Number of employees
276,600 (2015)
China North Industries Group Corporation Limited
Simplified Chinese 中国北方工业集团有限公司
Traditional Chinese 中國北方工業集團有限公司
Alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 中国兵器工业集团有限公司
Traditional Chinese 中國兵器工業集團有限公司

The China Ordnance Industries Group Corporation Limited (Chinese: 中国兵器工业集团有限公司)[2], also known as China North Industries Group Corporation Limited (Chinese: 中国北方工业集团有限公司), officially abbreviated as Norinco, is a Chinese defense corporation that manufactures a diverse range of civil and military products, including light and armored vehicles, tanks, aircraft, UAVs, artillery, fuel air bombs, precision strike systems, missiles, air defence and anti-missile systems, air-launched weapons, amphibious assault weapons and equipment, night vision products, long-range suppression weapon systems, machinery, radar, optical-electronic products, engineering equipment, oil field equipment, chemicals, light industrial products, explosives and blast materials, infantry equipment, high-effect destruction systems, anti-riot equipment, civil and military firearms and ammunition. It is also involved in domestic civil construction and military defence projects.[3][4]

Norinco is one of the world's premier defense companies and contractors, with a global reputation for its high-tech defense products and services.[5][6][7]


Established in 1980 with the approval of the State Council of China, Norinco is an enterprise group engaged in both products and capital operation, integrated with research and development, manufacturing, marketing, and services. Norinco mainly deals with defense products, petroleum & mineral resources development, international engineering contracting, optronic products, civilian explosives and chemical products, sports arms and equipment, vehicles and logistics operation, etc. Norinco has been ranked among the forefront of China’s 500 largest state-owned enterprises in terms of total assets and revenue.

Trade disputes with the United States[edit]

In 1993, the import of most Norinco firearms and ammunition into the United States was blocked under new trade rules when China's permanent normal trade relations status was renewed. The prohibition did not apply to sporting shotguns or shotgun ammunition however. In 1994, U.S. Customs agents conducted a sting against Atlanta based importers of Norinco firearms.[8]

In August 2003, the Bush Administration imposed sanctions on Norinco for allegedly selling missile-related goods to Iran.[9] These sanctions led to a prohibition on imports into the US of the remaining types of firearms and ammunition not covered by the 1993 ban.[10][11]

International customers[edit]

Some of Norinco's international customers include Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where it negotiated arms-for-minerals deals, as well as Venezuela.[12][13]

Examples of products manufactured by Norinco[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Norinco Group. "Leadership - Norinco Group". 
  2. ^ "China - China North Industries Group (NORINCO (G))". 
  3. ^ "DEFENSE PRODUCTS--北方工业". 
  4. ^ "NORINCO (Company) Aircraft List". 
  5. ^ "China's NORINCO, AVIC Among Top 10 Defense Companies Worldwide; SIPRI". 
  6. ^ "NORINCO of China presents a wide range of high-tech military equipment and combat vehicles 2211141". 
  7. ^ "CHINA NORTH INDUSTRIES CORPORATION (NORINCO) - Italian Aerospace Network". 
  8. ^ "Anatomy of a Sting."
  9. ^ "BBC NEWS - Business - US punishes firms in Iran and China". Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  10. ^ Pike, John. "Hemmat Industrial Complex - Iran Special Weapons Facilities". Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "China". Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  12. ^ The New York Times (December 23, 2017). "The Anti-Protest Gear Used in Venezuela". YouTube. 
  13. ^ Chinea, Eyanir; Gupta, Girish (June 11, 2017). Cooney, Peter, ed. "Venezuela Maduro says children used in protest violence, will write to pope". Reuters. Another opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, said recently that 150 armored vehicles bought from Chinese defense conglomerate China North Industries Group Corp, or Norinco, had arrived at Venezuela’s Puerto Cabello and were expected to be quickly transported to Caracas for what he called “repression.” A document seen by Reuters on Sunday showed that Norinco recently shipped 165 vehicles to Venezuela. 
  14. ^ Norinco MAK-90 AK
  15. ^ Johnson, Steve. "BREAKING: New NORINCO NAR-556 and NAR-751 Modern Assault, Battle and Automatic Rifles". Retrieved 2 April 2018. 
  16. ^ "Norinco's SCAR Copy in 7.62x39mm, and Picatinny Mounted Grenade Launcher". Retrieved 2 April 2018. 

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