(As of March 29, 2019)
We once again deeply apologize for the considerable trouble we have caused to our customers, suppliers, shareholders and many others in regard to the misconduct concerning quality at Kobe Steel, Ltd. and its group companies.
Ever since the discovery of the misconduct concerning quality, the Kobe Steel Group has been undertaking safety verification pertaining to the nonconforming products delivered and used in customers’ products. As a result, Kobe Steel reports that of the 688 companies to which nonconforming products were found to have been delivered, it has confirmed that there were no safety problems or that there were no immediate problems with safety.
With regard to products that are viewed to have no immediate problems with safety, Kobe Steel will, as necessary, conduct additional verification while cooperating with its customers.
The Kobe Steel Group is sincerely accepting comments and requests from customers and striving to respond to them, so that all customers, including consumers of the final products, will be assured of peace of mind and use the Group’s products. We are making full efforts to carry out the measures to prevent recurrence of the misconduct, as previously announced.
Status of safety verification pertaining to customers’ products that used nonconforming products
As of March 29, 2019
|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||4|
|Aluminum extrusions||Cars Rolling stock||34||34||-||-|
|Kobelco & Materials Copper Tube Co., Ltd.||Copper tubes||Air conditioning||23||23||88||88|
|Shinko Metal Products Co., Ltd.||Copper alloy tubes,
|Electrical machinery, Steelmaking equipment||176||176||29||29|
|Domestic subsidiary: 1
Overseas subsidiaries: 3*1
|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*2
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 (May 18, 2018)||525||520||163||158|
|Report on April 26, 2018||525||520||163||158|
|Report on March 30, 2018||525||520||163||155|
|Report on March 23, 2018||525||520||163||141|
The numbers of companies are cumulative totals.
*1 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.
*2 Nippon Koshuha Steel Co., Ltd., Shinko Wire Stainless Company, Ltd., Jiangyin Sugita Fasten Spring Wire Co., Ltd., and Kobelco Spring Wire (Foshan) Co., Ltd.
The changes in the number of companies previously reported (on May 18, 2018) are underlined.