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Materials & Lightweighting

Kobe Steel Indicted for Decades of Falsified Quality Data

Kobe Steel Ltd. has been indicted in Tokyo on charges of falsifying quality reports on its metal products for decades.

Quality

Prosecutors Expected to Indict Kobe Steel in Doctored Data Scandal

Police in Japan have turned over to prosecutors evidence about fabricated quality reports at Kobe Steel Ltd.

Materials & Lightweighting

U.S. Consumers Sue Kobe, Toyota for Below-Grade Steel

A U.S. lawsuit claims Kobe Steel Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corp. committed fraud by concealing the use of substandard steel in Toyota vehicles.

Composites

Toray Admits Falsifying Quality Data on Carbon Fiber

Carbon fiber supplier Toray Industries Inc. is the latest Japanese company to admit it has been falsifying data about the quality of its products, the Financial Times reports.

Business

Mitsubishi Materials Admits to Falsifying Quality Data

Mitsubishi Materials Corp. says certain products made by three of its affiliates failed to meet company or customer standards but were shipped anyway.

Materials & Lightweighting

Kobe Steel Will Automate Quality Reports

Kobe Steel Ltd. says it will spend about 10 billion yen ($88 million) to set up a quality control division and automate key inspection systems in the wake of scandals involving falsified data.

Business

Kobe Steel Reports More Falsified Data Problems

Japan’s Kobe Steel Ltd. says it has found another case of employees falsifying reports about product quality and performance, this time at a subsidiary that cuts steel plates, Reuters reports.

Aluminum

Japanese Carmakers Say Aluminum from Kobe Steel Is Safe

Honda, Mazda and Toyota say hoods and other exterior components made with improperly inspected sheet aluminum supplied by Kobe Steel Ltd. are safe.

Steel

U.S. Justice Dept. Seeks Data on Kobe Steel Scandal

The U.S. Dept. of Justice has asked that Kobe Steel Ltd. supply technical details about potentially subpar materials and products the Japanese company sold to U.S. customers.

Materials & Lightweighting

Kobe Steel Reports 9 More Cases of Data Fraud

Kobe Steel Ltd. says falsified materials performance reports by its metalmaking operations occurred in China, Malaysia and Thailand as well as five facilities in Japan.

Production

Kobe Adds Steel Wire to Products with Falsified Quality Tests

Kobe Steel Ltd. says it faked quality data about steel wire and rod made outside Japan and used in such products as tires and car engines.

Business

Kobe Steel Warns of More Falsified Product Data

Kobe Steel Ltd. President Hiroya Kawasaki warned earlier today that a continuing internal investigation may turn up more of the company’s products whose quality and performance data were falsified.

Steel

Carmakers Checking Bogus Aluminum Parts from Kobe Steel

At least seven Japanese carmakers are trying to determine whether the safety of their cars has been compromised by substandard aluminum sheet and castings supplied by Kobe Steel Ltd.

Aluminum

U.S.-Built Toyota Corolla to Get Aluminum Hood

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to equip North American-made Corolla sedans with aluminum hoods beginning in late 2017, according to Automotive News, which cites an unnamed source.

Production

Japanese Companies Plan U.S. Aluminum Partnership

Two Japanese companies, Kobe Steel Ltd. and Toyota Tsusho Corp., expect to finalize a partnership in September that will begin U.S. production of aluminum sheet metal for cars in 2017.

Steel

Nissan Plans Big Shift to Advanced High-Strength Steel

Nissan Motor Co. says that by 2017, advanced high-tensile-strength steel will account for as much as 25% of its new-model parts by weight.