Distinctive products and technologies
Aluminum Automotive Panel Materials
Due to increased demand for lightweighting, the use of aluminum panels for engine hoods and other applications is increasing. Kobe Steel has capitalized on the expertise and engineering capabilities it has amassed over many years to capture approximately 50 percent of the market share in Japan.
Aluminum Forgings for Automotive Suspensions
Demand for lightweighting has led to increased use of aluminum in suspension systems. Kobe Steel has captured the leading market share in Japan through aluminum forgings that are more than 40 percent lighter than conventional steel forgings.
Aluminum Shapes for Railway Cars
Aluminum shapes are used to create the bodies of railway cars. Kobe Steel has proposed various shapes to meet customers’ need for weight savings,and is the top supplier of shapes in Japan for railway car bodies. Recently, besides Japan, its aluminum shapes have been adopted in the UK.
Aluminum Bottle Can Stock
Kobe Steel holds a more than 30 percent market share for aluminum beverage can stock in Japan. Furthermore, Kobe Steel holds an approximately 70-percent share of the market for aluminum bottle can stock, which requires complex processing.
Aluminum Disk Materials
Aluminum disk materials are primarily used as hard disk substrates for desktop computers and data centers. They require a high level of quality. Kobe Steel is a leading manufacturer of aluminum disks, holding approximately 60 percent of the world market share.
SuperKFC™ Leadframe Material
Leadframe materials are used as wiring materials in semiconductor packages. Kobe Steel is Asia's leading manufacturer of leadframe materials, with an approximately 20-percent share of the market. SuperKFC™ was developed using sophisticated alloy technologies, offering vastly improved durability and conductivity over previous products.