Japan Quake Damper Maker Loses Int'l Quality Certification

Economy

Tokyo, Dec. 3 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese earthquake-mitigating oil damper maker has lost an international product quality management certification in the wake of its inspection data manipulation scandal, informed sources said Monday.

Koyo Seiki Co., a Kawakin Holdings Co. <5614> subsidiary, lost the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 certification as of Nov. 19 for its Tsukuba plant in Chikusei, Ibaraki Prefecture, eastern Japan.

Koyo Seiki was found to have installed a total of 1,477 substandard oil dampers at 91 facilities, including municipal government buildings.

The Chikusei-based company manipulated product inspection data when it found products that did not meet standards promised to clients.

The company also lost a quality management certification related to hydraulic cylinders used in construction machinery.

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