Aluminum, Copper Inspection Data Falsified at Kobe Steel (News)


Tokyo, Oct. 8 (Jiji Press)—Kobe Steel Ltd. said Sunday that data in certificates of inspection for some of its aluminum and copper products have been falsified, leading to shipments of products that did not conform with specifications agreed with client companies.

A total of more than 20,000 tons of such nonconforming metals, including for use for parts and components of automobiles, aircraft and electronics, cans for beverages, and many other products, were shipped to some 200 firms during the year from September 2016, the major Japanese steelmaker said. The clients include Toyota Motor Corp.

Of the total amount, aluminum products accounted for 19,300 tons and copper products 2,200 tons, according the firm. The overall amount accounts for about 4% of Kobe Steel's total aluminum and copper product sales.

In addition, 19,400 items of nonconforming aluminum cast products were shipped, the company said.

Part of the data falsification started about 10 years ago.

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