March 23, 2018
Kobe Steel, Ltd.
We once again deeply apologize for the considerable trouble we have caused to our customers, suppliers, shareholders and many others concerning the improper conduct in Kobe Steel, Ltd. and its group companies (collectively, the “Kobe Steel Group”). Regarding the verification status of the safety of customers' products that have used our nonconforming products, Kobe Steel reports on the progress it has made at this time (as of March 23).
For customers to whom nonconforming products — which were found through the self-inspections conducted by the Kobe Steel Group and through the investigations by the Independent Investigation Committee (the “IIC”) covering the past one year — were shipped and for products other than those delivered directly to customers, Kobe Steel at this time has not confirmed cases that would require the immediate suspension of use or immediate recall of the products.
Owing to the enormous amount of cooperation from its customers, the Kobe Steel Group is earnestly proceeding with safety verification. At this time as outlined in Table 1, the safety has been confirmed at 520 companies out of the 525 companies to whom nonconforming products were delivered as announced on October 26, 2017, and 141 companies out of an additional 163 companies identified since the establishment of the IIC on October 26, 2018 as announced on March 6, 2018.
The Kobe Steel Group will continue to wholeheartedly devote itself to cooperating with its customers in order to complete the safety verifications at an early time.
From now on, updates on the safety verifications will be posted on our website when progress is made.
As of March 23, 2018
|Major category||Company name||Material||Main purpose||Announced on
October 26, 2017
|Since the IIC's
(October 26, 2017)
|No. of customers||Safety verification||No. of customers||Safety verification|
|Aluminum & Copper||Kobe Steel, Ltd. Aluminum &
|Aluminum sheets||Can stock
|Aluminum cast & forged parts||Aircraft Rolling stock||67||67||4||2|
|Aluminum extrusions||Cars Rolling stock||34||34||-||-|
|Kobelco & Materials Copper Tube, Ltd.||Copper tubes||Air conditioning||23||23||88||87|
|Shinko Metal Products Co., Ltd.||Copper alloy tubes,
|Electrical machinery, Steelmaking equipment||176||176||29||10|
|Domestic subsidiary: 1
Overseas subsidiaries: 3*2
|Air conditioning Terminals||36||36||-||-|
|Shinko Moka Sogo Service Ltd.||Aluminum plate||Prototype materials||-||-||1||1|
|Other||Kobelco Research Institute, Inc.||Sputtering target materials Prototype alloys||FPD
Optical disks Prototype alloys
|Kobe Steel, Ltd.
Iron & Steel Business Steel Powder Division
|Steel powder||Sintered parts||1||1||-||-|
|Domestic subsidiaries, etc.: 2
Overseas subsidiaries, etc.: 2*3
Stainless steel wire
|Shinko Kohan Kako, Ltd.||Heavy plate processing||Heavy plate processed products||1||1||-||-|
|Koshuha All Metal Service Co., Ltd.||Heat treatment||Heat treatment||-||-||1||1|
|Kobe Steel, Ltd.
|Machinery||Industrial machinery Standard compressors||-||-||10||10|
|Shinko Engineering Co., Ltd.||Machinery||Industrial machinery||-||-||3||3|
|Kobelco Eco-Solutions Co., Ltd.||Water analysis||Water analysis||-||-||4||4|
|Previous report (March 6, 2018)||525*1||520||163*1||129|
Changes in the number of companies reported on March 6 are underlined.
*1 The 525 customers announced on October 26, 2017 and the 163 customers affected by the Misconduct detected after the establishment of the Independent Investigation Committee are cumulative numbers.
*2 Shinko Aluminum Wire Co., Ltd., Kobelco & Materials Copper Tube (M) Sdn. Bhd., Kobelco & Materials Copper Tube (Thailand) Co., Ltd., and Suzhou Kobe Copper Technology Co., Ltd.
*3 Nippon Koshuha Steel Co., Ltd., Shinko Wire Stainless Company, Ltd., Jiangyin Sugita Fasten Spring Wire Co., Ltd., and Kobelco Spring Wire (Foshan) Co., Ltd.