Deepak Neupane, Kathmandu China’s drone maker DJI-Innovations is denying reports that it’s pulling out of the Chinese market. The Shenzhen-based drone giant issued a statement on China’s social media platform Sina Weibo on May 20, rejecting suggestions it was planning to move its business and headquarters abroad after the Chinese authorities’ tightened rules clamping down on unregulated private drone use. DJI is the world’s largest drone manufacturer, with 70% of the global consumer drone market. Over 80 % of its drones are sold overseas.
China released a raft of new rules to crack down on unregulated private drone use on May 16, in reaction to a spate of disruptive drone incidents. DJI says it has been closely following the debate on the dangers posed by drones and has worked out practical ways to avoid the security risks. The company also says it’s going to hold a news conference in the coming days to further elaborate on the issue. Real-name registration was first initiated in 2015. The process was accelerated following several cases of disruption to flights at airports across the country caused by drones being flown too close to airport runways.
In April, civil flights in Chengdu, Hangzhou, Dalian, Nanjing and Shanghai were disrupted by drones on several occasions, with nine cases at Chengdu Shuangliu Airport alone, causing 34 flights to be canceled and 112 flights turned back or sent to alternative airports.