Japan's Kobe Steel under fire for fudging data on metals
Japan's Kobe Steel under fire for fudging data on metals
|By Yuka Obayashi
12 October, 2017, 10:08
Aluminum castings, forgings and flat-rolled items, along with copper strips and tubes were among the products affected, the company said in a statement.
Japan's Kobe Steel Ltd 5406.T plunged deeper into crisis on Wednesday as fresh revelations showed data fabrication at the steelmaker was more widespread than initially thought, heightening a safety scare along the global supply chain.
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"I deeply apologize for causing concern to many people, including all users and consumers", Kobe Steel Chief Executive Officer Hiroya Kawasaki said at a meeting with a senior official from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on Thursday.
Concern has spread across a range of industries - including vehicle, train and aircraft manufacturers - that source materials from Kobe Steel.
Figures were systematically fabricated at all four of Kobe Steel's local aluminum plants, with the practice dating back as long as 10 years for some products, the company said Sunday.
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Auto giant Toyota has already said Kobe Steel supplied materials to one of its Japanese factories, which used them in hoods, rear doors and surrounding areas of certain vehicles.
The data tampering at its aluminum unit could also hit plans to expand the business as carmakers increasingly turn to the material, which is lighter than steel, to meet tighter environmental rules. Kobe Steel customers from Toyota Motor Corp.to Subaru Corp. are scrambling to determine if they used the suspect materials and whether safety has been compromised. "Data in inspection certificates had been improperly rewritten etc., and the products were shipped as having met the specifications concerned". They were produced by Kobe Steel over the past five years, he said. The government has urged Kobe Steel to clarify the extent of the misconduct.
Iron ore powder is mainly used in making automobile components, according to Kobe Steel. Kobe's steel business would fetch roughly 200 billion yen (US$1.78 billion), he said.
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