Kobe Steel’s quality troubles mount as the Japanese company revealed on Friday a new case of fake data at one of its copper plants following an inspection by the Quality Assurance Organization.
A new case of fake data was found at Kobe Steel plant in Hadano, which processes steel plate. The Quality Assurance Organization according to Dow Jones took issue with copper pipes produced at a Kobe Steel plant in Hadano, a city west of Tokyo. The pipes are used in plumbing and air-conditioning systems.
The company is now under investigation for possibly breaching Japan’s industrial standards. Among the issues discovered are that the thickness of steel supplied to customers “was fabricated” a Kobe spokesman told the BBC. Employees also did not report evidence to an internal investigation.
Apologies and action
Kobe Steel is one of Japan’s biggest producers of steel and aluminum. It is also a major auto supplier. The company has taken its home page to issue an apology writing: "At this time, we sincerely and deeply apologize for the enormous amount of worry and trouble we have caused many of you in respect to the improper conduct concerning a portion of our products made by our company and group companies."
In early October, the company saw its share price plunge after it admitted that it altered quality documents on tens of thousands of tons of metal shipments to make it look like the products were above minimum quality standards.