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RLX Technology Inc. (NYSE: RLX) today announced that one of its subsidiaries has obtained a License for Manufacturing Enterprise from the department of tobacco monopoly administration under the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (the “State Tobacco Monopoly Administration”) to own the RELX brand and manufacture RELX branded e-vapor rechargeable devices, cartridge products, and products sold in combination with e-vapor rechargeable devices and cartridge products in compliance with China’s Administrative Measures for E-Cigarettes. The approved manufacturing capacity is 15,050,000 units of e-vapor rechargeable devices per year, 328,700,000 units of cartridge products per year, and 6,100,000 units of disposable e-vapor products per year. The valid term for the License for Manufacturing Enterprise obtained is from July 18, 2022 to July 31, 2023.
Since the first quarter of 2022, the relevant government authorities in China have issued a series of implementing rules and guiding opinions to strengthen oversight of e-cigarette products and regulate the e-cigarette industry. These rules and opinions set forth that, among others, all e-cigarette manufacturing enterprises must apply with the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration and obtain a License for Manufacturing Enterprise.
Ms. Ying (Kate) Wang, Co-founder, Chairperson of the Board of Directors and CEO of RLX Technology, commented, “This license represents an important milestone in our strategic roadmap as we strive to comply with the new regulatory requirements in a timely manner. We believe that we are well-positioned to achieve compliance in our operations according to schedule. To adapt to the new market dynamics and ensure business development, we will, and will urge our business partners to, continue making efforts to comply with all applicable regulatory requirements, including, but not limited to, obtaining requisite licenses and regulatory approvals, developing products that meet the national mandatory standards, and processing all transactions via the National E-cigarette Transaction Platform when it is implemented. a trusted e-vapor brand for adult smokers, we will remain committed to providing high-quality products that deliver superior performance an d safety in strict compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, while exploring new growth opportunities in the industry.”