Suspended JIS certification restored at Kobe Steel’s Moka Plant

July 9, 2019

Kobe Steel, Ltd.

We once again deeply apologize for the enormous amount of trouble we have caused to customers, suppliers, shareholders and many others concerning the misconduct at Kobe Steel, Ltd. and its group companies.

Kobe Steel announces that its Moka Plant received today a notice from the Japan Quality Assurance Organization (JQA) that its suspended JIS (Japanese Industrial Standards) certification had been restored.

In regard to the misconduct concerning a portion of the aluminum and copper products manufactured by Kobe Steel announced on October 8, 2017, the Moka Plant received a notice from the JQA on December 8, 2017 that its JIS certification had been suspended owing to problems in its quality management system and other areas, as a result of a review by the JQA. In response to this, the Moka Plant undertook initiatives to rebuild its quality management system, which led to lifting the suspension of JIS certification at the Moka Plant.

Kobe Steel will now be able to provide JIS-certified products from the Moka Plant. After a transition period, Kobe Steel will switch sequentially to JIS-certified products.

Kobe Steel, Ltd. and its group companies are continuing to steadily implement measures to prevent the recurrence of misconduct. We are striving to restore suspended JIS certification or reacquire JIS certification, in cases where certification had been canceled, at other business locations to restore the trust of their customers.

The impact of this matter on Kobe Steel’s business performance is unclear. Kobe Steel will make an announcement when the degree of the impact is known.

Details of the Lifting of the Suspension

Certificate holder:
Moka Plant of Kobe Steel, Ltd.
Certification body:
Japan Quality Assurance Organization (JQA)
Certificate number:
JIS number & products:
JIS H4000 aluminum and aluminum alloy sheets, plates and strips
Action taken:
Lifting of suspension of above JIS certification

Overview of the Moka Plant

15 Kinugaoka, Moka, Tochigi, Japan
Manufacture of aluminum sheets, plates, strips and disks
359.0 billion yen (fiscal 2018, Aluminum & Copper segment)

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