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Kobe Steel's Chofu aluminum plant loses JIS certification

Metal News - Published on Thu, 07 Dec 2017

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Reuters reported that Kobe Steel Ltd’s Japanese Industrial Standards certification has been temporarily suspended at its aluminum extrusion plant in Chofu, western Japan, in the latest blow to the embattled steelmaker.

Kobe Steel earlier had the certifications at its Hatano plant revoked for seamless copper pipe products used for air conditioning and refrigerators as well as for insulated copper tubing.

Japan’s third-largest steelmaker, which supplies the manufacturers of cars, planes, trains and other industrial products across the world, has said that about 500 of its customers had received products with falsified specifications, in one of Japan’s biggest industrial scandals.

A company spokesman said that the latest suspension would last until the aluminum plant improves its quality control and assurance system to prevent falsification in inspection procedures.

The Spokesman added that “We aim to implement such measures as soon as possible.”

The statement said that having the quality certifications suspended means the company can no longer sell aluminum and aluminum alloy bars, wires, seamless tubes and extruded shapes with the JIS label from the plant.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 07 Dec 2017
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