History

In 1905, the general partnership trading company Suzuki Shoten acquired a steel business in Wakinohama, Kobe, called Kobayashi Seikosho, operated by Seiichiro Kobayashi, and changed its name to Kobe Seikosho.

Then, in 1911, Suzuki Shoten spun off the company to establish Kobe Steel Works, Ltd. at Wakinohamacho, Kobe.

Years Contents
1905 Company’s establishment, propelling major pre-war conglomerate Suzuki Shoten into heavy industry field

1905

Begins steel casting and forging business
1914 Begins machinery business
Begins first domestic development of air compressors
1916 Begins steel products business
Begins production of rolled steel products
1917 Begins copper business
Begins production of copper tubes and bars
1926 Begins engineering business
Completes Japan’s first cement plant
1930 Begins construction machinery business
Completes first domestically produced electric mining shovel

1905

1937 Becomes listed on stock exchanges in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kobe
(Currently listed on stock exchanges in Tokyo and Nagoya)
Begins aluminum business
Begins aluminum casting and forging business
1940 Begins welding business
Produces the first welding electrodes in Japan
1955 Achieves first industrial production of titanium metal in Japan

1950

1959 Establishes integrated steel production
Starts up Nadahama No. 1 Blast Furnace
1960 Opens office in New York
1962 Begins overseas plant business
Japan’s first plant export (East Pakistan, currently Bangladesh)

1905

1968 Establishes production base in Thailand for welding electrodes
1970 Completes Kakogawa Works

1905

1970

1975 Introduces automated guideway transit (AGT) system
Begins operation of AGT system called KRT at Okinawa International Ocean Exposition
1979 Establishes KOBELCO as international unified trademark
Develops ARCMAN™ welding robot

1905

1983 Acquires U.S. company Midrex Technologies, Inc.
Begins direct reduction ironmaking plant business

1905

1988 Establishes U.S. headquarters in New York
(Integrates New York Office into headquarters. Consolidates headquarters with Detroit Office in 2017)
1995 Suffers damage in Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake
Restarts blast furnace two and a half months after earthquake

1990

1996 Enters wholesale power supply (IPP) business
Enters field following deregulation
2000 Establishes Corporate Code of Ethics
2002 Starts up Kobe Power Plant
Begins commercial operations

1905

2004 Establishes manufacturing and sales base for standard compressors in China
2005 Celebrates 100th anniversary

2005

2006 Establishes corporate philosophy
Starts up processing plant for special steel wire rod used in automobiles in China
Starts up aluminum forging plant for automotive suspension products in U.S.
Establishes manufacturing and sales base for nonstandard compressors in U.S.

1905

2011 Establishes China headquarters
2014 Establishes base in China for manufacture and sale of automotive cold-rolled, highstrength steel
Celebrates 100th anniversary of machinery business
2016 Establishes medium- to long-term business vision KOBELCO VISION “G+”
Begins producing aluminum panel material at Tianjin plant in China
Becomes first Japanese company in China to produce automotive aluminum panel material

1905

Begins Electric Power Business

1905

2017
Launches Next 100 Project
Announces quality misconduct and establishes measures to prevent recurrence
Establishes headquarters in Southeast Asia and South Asia
Consolidates upstream processes at Kakogawa Works

1905

Acquires world’s leading isostatic press manufacturer, Quintus Technologies of Sweden

1905

2018 Establishes production and sales base (KPEX) in the U.S. for aluminum extrusions and fabricated products
2019 Establishes regional headquarters in Europe
Starts commercial operations at Moka Power Plant
2020 Formulates Group Corporate Philosophy
Reorganizes materials segment
2021 Announces KOBELCO Group Medium-Term Management Plan (FY2021–FY2023)

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