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Kobe Steel Falsified Quality Data for Aluminum & Copper Products

Japan's third largest steelmaker admits falsifying data on products shipped last year.

October 11, 2017
Kobe Steel Works in Nada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

According to a Bloomberg report, Kobe Steel said falsified aluminum and copper products were delivered to more than 200 unidentified companies with the intention of making the metal used appear to meet customer quality standards. None of the material has been shipped to construction equipment manucturers, including Kobe's Kobelco unit.

The fabrication of figures was found at all four of Kobe Steel’s local aluminum plants in conduct that was systematic, and for some items the practice dated back some 10 years, Executive Vice President Naoto Umehara said on Sunday.

Kobe Steel said it had confirmed data falsification affecting roughly 19,300 tons of flat-rolled and extruded aluminum products, 19,400 units of aluminum casting and forgings, and 2,200 tons of copper products shipped from units between September 2016 to August 2017. The company said at least 70 instances of false data were found at the Kobelco Research unit.

In 2016, Kobe Steel affiliate, Shinko Wire Company, was found to have falsified data on the strength of its steel products.

As yet, there is no word regarding recalls or legal action. Kobe Steel says none of its products pose a safety issue. The company is still investigating.

For more, read Bloomberg.com's article here:

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