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We are extremely sorry for our improper conduct

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.

The Kobe Steel Group, together with its suppliers, is quickly working to determine how its products have affected safety and other factors. We are thoroughly analyzing the cause and are engaged in developing countermeasures to prevent a reoccurrence from happening. We are making sincere efforts to eliminate the burden on all parties concerned and to resolve these problems as quickly as possible.

You can find our latest announcements from below link:

http://www.kobelco.co.jp/english/information/1197841_16244.html

 

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Kobe Steel opens 40 MW compressor test facility

TOKYO, April 12, 2017 — Kobe Steel, Ltd.’s Machinery Business has opened a 40 MW test facility for large-capacity nonstandard compressors at its Takasago Works in western Japan. Construction of the 8-billion-yen facility began in February 2015.

The new facility was completed earlier this month on schedule and an opening ceremony was held yesterday. About 120 people participated in the event, including Executive Vice President Mitsugu Yamaguchi, head of the Machinery Business, and Senior Managing Executive Officer Takao Ohama, who is in charge of the Compressor Division.

Nonstandard compressors are used widely range to compress process gas and for reaction application in petroleum refineries, chemical plants, power plants, steelworks and other facilities. Compressors are essential for plant operation. In recent years, as plants have grown larger and require increased production and higher efficiency, demand has been growing for large-capacity compressors with motor outputs of 30 to 40 MW, mainly centrifugal compressors. In addition, customers have been seeking to source large-capacity compressors from the Japanese and Asian markets.

Kobe Steel had completed product development of large-capacity compressors in the 40 MW class, but lacked a test facility to conduct performance tests at the final stage. To meet this need, Kobe Steel constructed a large test facility that has twice the capacity of its current 20 MW test facility. The new test facility, one of the largest in the world, is capable of handling nonstandard compressors with variable-speed motors of 40 MW. The new facility now enables Kobe Steel to satisfy conditions to enter the large-capacity compressor market.

One of the themes of Kobe Steel’s medium-term management plan is to expand its compressor business. The use of the new test facility will contribute to further increasing sales. The compressor business currently generates annual sales of 80 to 90 billion yen. In fiscal 2020, Kobe Steel aims to achieve sales of 130 billion yen.

   
Types Of Compressors Compression Method
Centrifugal Uses the centrifugal force from impellers. Comes in two types: integrally geared and single shaft. Kobe Steel excels at integrally geared compressors. As the optimum number of revolutions of the impellers can be controlled, this type of compressor is noted for its high efficiency.
Screw Uses two helical rotors for compression
Reciprocating Uses the reciprocating action from a piston to compress gas in a cylinder

 

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Kobe Steel receives Thomson Reuters 2014 Top 100 Global Innovators Award

Selected for the First Time as One of the World’s Top 100 Innovative Companies

TOKYO, February 5, 2015 — Kobe Steel, Ltd. (also known as Kobelco) has been named to the Thomson Reuters 2014 Top 100 Global Innovators list. In recognition of this achievement, Thomson Reuters presented Kobe Steel with a trophy for the award. This is the first time that Kobe Steel has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovator.

The program honors 100 of the world’s most innovative organizations. The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters, one of the world’s leading sources of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, evaluates companies and organizations using a series of metrics to analyze their patent activity and protection of intellectual property. The organizations are recognized for their innovation generated by the creative intellectual property derived from their research activities. The Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators program began in 2011. The criteria for the award are as follows:

1. Overall patent volume: Organizations with 100 or more patented new inventions from the most recent five years

2. Patent grant success rate: Ratio of patent applications that have been granted

3. Global reach: Number of patents registered in four major world markets (Europe, the United States, China and Japan)

4. Patent influence: Frequency of patents cited by other companies in the patenting of their inventions

Thomson Reuters said that “of the four criteria, Kobe Steel received high scores on patent grant success rate and global reach. In particular, it received its highest score in the patent grant success rate. These factors led to Kobe Steel’s first selection to the Top 100 list.”

Kobe Steel will continue to actively pursue research and development to create new value. Simultaneously, it will strive to protect and utilize the intellectual property it has generated in the global market.

About Kobe Steel

Kobe Steel, Ltd. is a diversified manufacturer with its major businesses concentrated on materials and machinery. The materials business comprises iron and steel, welding, and aluminum and copper products. Machinery includes industrial machinery, engineering and construction equipment, as well as environmental solutions. Other important businesses are wholesale power supply and real estate. The company has head offices in Kobe and Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit: www.kobelco.com.

Many of the company’s businesses operate under the Kobelco name including compressors. Together with Kobelco Compressors America, Inc., Kobelco is one of the largest manufacturers of custom engineered process gas compressors in North America.

Link to Thomson Reuters’ news release: Thomson Reuters 2014 Top 100 Global Innovators

Pictured Above: Yoshiko Tanahashi, Vice President, Japan Sales, IP & Science, Thomson Reuters (right), presents the trophy to Kobe Steel’s Managing Director Yasuaki Sugizaki, who oversees research and development at the company.

 

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Kobelco Announces New Service Shop in Texas

Kobelco announces plans for new service shop in Houston

On August 14th, 2014, Takaaki Hayata, President of KCA, announced the beginning of a new milestone in the journey of Kobelco Compressors America, Inc. via plans for a new service center in the Houston, Texas area.

The new service center will provide quicker turn-around time to address the needs of Kobelco's primary customer base in Texas and the surrounding states.

President of Kobelco Compressors America, Tak Hayata, made these comments to mark the occasion:

"It is my honor and privilege to announce the visible beginning of a new milestone in the journey of Kobelco Compressors America. We stand here today to commemorate a much needed service center which will provide better access and quicker turn-around to address the needs of our primary customer base in the great State of Texas. With the completion of this building, customers will have closer and easier access to the reliable know-how, customer service, repairs, and overhauls of Kobelco's compressors ensuring that they continue to run reliably and efficiently for many, many years.

This will be the proud beginning to another major milestone by helping us embody our Mission Statement, "To be a leading global provider of quality and innovative engineered compressor systems that deliver superior value for our customers, employees and investors."

Thank you very much for your attendance and continued support of Kobelco Compressors America."

Kobelco Compressors America, Inc. would like to thank our clients and suppliers for their continued support.

(Pictured above is an artist's rendering of the completed service shop)

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Kobe Steel’s compressor company opens in Brazil

Kobe Steel announces expansion in South America

Kobe Steel, Ltd. announces that its subsidiary company, Kobelco Machinery do Brasil Servicos Empresariais Ltda., has begun full-scale marketing of nonstandard compressors. Based in Sao Paulo, Kobelco Machinery do Brasil (KMB) is Kobe Steel's first location established in Brazil.

In recent years, Brazil has been vigorously pursuing marine resource development. High demand for gasoline, diesel, and other fuels has led to the active construction of oil refining and petrochemical plants. As a result, demand for nonstandard compressors, which are used to compress and transport gases in oil and gas processing facilities, has been increasing.

Kobe Steel, also known as Kobelco, is one of the few comprehensive compressor manufacturers in the world that can supply centrifugal, reciprocating, and screw compressors. Kobe Steel has a fifty-percent share of the world market for nonstandard screw compressors and has supplied nonstandard compressors throughout the world for use in oil refining, petrochemical, natural gas, and other large-scale facilities.

Kobe Steel's Machinery Business also supplies a wide range of products such as small and medium-size standard compressors for plant utilities and will consider adding these and other machinery products to the menu of the new marketing company in the future.

In Brazil, Kobe Steel has a high supply record for screw compressors used on FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading) vessels. These ship-like facilities process oil and gas and store them onboard, after which they are transferred to tankers. Kobe Steel has also supplied numerous centrifugal and reciprocating compressors in South America, increasing the need for after-sales services in the region.

Established in November 2013, KMB recently commenced strengthening its marketing, sales, and after-sales services with aims to expanding Kobe Steel’s compressor business in South America and further improving customer satisfaction. Kobe Steel has previously set up locations in China, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, North America, and Europe. With the start of full-scale marketing in South America, Kobe Steel is able to cover the world's major markets. Enhancing the capabilities of each location enables Kobe Steel to improve the global competitiveness of its nonstandard compressors.

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Kobe Steel to set up compressor companies in Europe and the Middle East

Kobelco is expanding global marketing, parts procurement and services

Kobe Steel, Ltd. announces that it will establish two 100% owned companies in July, one in Europe and the other in the Middle East, to expand the global marketing and servicing of its compressors.

Kobelco Machinery Europe GmbH will be set up in Munich, Germany to strengthen the marketing of Kobe Steel's nonstandard compressors in Europe. It will also procure parts for use in the manufacture of compressors in Japan. The new subsidiary will be capitalized at 100,000 euros (about 10 million yen). Employees will increase from the current staff of seven to eight.

Kobelco Machinery Middle East FZE. will be established in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. To be located at Dubai Airport Freezone, the company will provide after-sales services for nonstandard compressors sold in the Middle East. The unit will be capitalized at 1 million UAE dirhams (about 20 million yen). Employees will increase from the current three to five.

Kobe Steel currently has representative offices in Germany and the UAE. By turning these offices into companies, Kobe Steel will be able to strengthen compressor marketing, parts procurement and after-sales services, as well as increase its presence in the two regions.

Kobe Steel is the world's only comprehensive manufacturer that makes screw, centrifugal and reciprocating compressors. The company estimates it has a 40% share of the world market for nonstandard screw compressors. Nonstandard compressors are used in petrochemical plants, natural gas plants and other large facilities. Kobe Steel has supplied numerous compressors throughout the world and has an extensive supply record.

In addition to nonstandard compressors, the Kobe Steel Group makes small and medium-size standard compressors, which are used widely in plant utilities in many industries. Kobe Steel has also applied its compression technology in compact steam-driven generators and high-efficiency heat pumps. Total compressor sales amounted to approximately 60 billion yen in fiscal 2011, ended March 2012.

About 60% of Kobe Steel's compressor sales in fiscal 2011 came from overseas markets, making the Compressor Division one of Kobe Steel's more globally advanced businesses. In May 2011, Kobe Steel took an equity stake in Chinese compressor maker Wuxi Compressor Co., Ltd. As a result, Kobe Steel currently makes nonstandard and standard compressors in three countries: Japan, the United States and China. Kobe Steel has been actively making capital investments to increase manufacturing capacity of standard compressors at its China subsidiary Kobelco Compressors Manufacturing (Shanghai) Corporation. It also boosted the production capacity of compressor systems at Kobelco Compressors America, Inc., a U.S. unit.

Kobe Steel has set up these overseas locations with the aim of becoming a top-class comprehensive manufacturer of compressors. Expanding its global marketing and service network, Kobe Steel aims to achieve compressor sales of 110 billion yen in fiscal 2015.

 

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Wuxi Compressor starts under new structure

Wuxi Compressor starts under new structure

In April, Kobe Steel, Ltd. took a stake in Wuxi Compressor Co., Ltd., based in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China. The investment will help Kobe Steel meet rising demand for process gas compressors in China.

To mark Kobe Steel's equity participation in Wuxi Compressor, a reception was held today attended by about 160 people including Kobe Steel's Executive Vice President Kazuo Shigekawa, who heads the company's Machinery Business.

Kobe Steel acquired a 44.3% equity share of Wuxi Compressor for approximately 4 billion yen. The acquisition was made through Kobelco (China) Holding Co., Ltd., Kobe Steel's China headquarters. This was Kobelco (China) Holding's first investment upon its start of operations in April.

Wuxi Victor Group Co., Ltd. currently has a 51.5% share in Wuxi Compressor, Kobe Steel has 44.3%, and other investors hold the remaining 4.2%. Established as a state-run enterprise in 1955, Wuxi Compressor was privatized in 1992. Sales in 2010 were 650 million yuan, with pretax ordinary income (also called pretax recurring profit) of 33 million yuan. Capitalized at 92 million yuan, Wuxi had 716 employees at the end of 2010. The president is Xing Xiaodong.

Wuxi Compressor is a leading comprehensive manufacturer of compressors. It has received high acclaim from the market for its reciprocating compressors and screw compressors used in the oil refining and petrochemical industries. In 1995, Kobe Steel initially supplied Wuxi with technology for small compressors and in 2003 with technology for reciprocating compressors. Over the many years, the companies have built up a strong relationship, leading to Kobe Steel's equity participation in Wuxi Compressor.

Kobe Steel's investment in Wuxi Compressor will enable the two parent companies to expand their process compressor businesses centered on oil refineries, petrochemical plants, and LNG applications in the energy and chemical fields.

Kobe Steel will furnish Wuxi with its technology for process gas compressors (screw, centrifugal and reciprocating), in which sales to China have been low. The technology transfer will enable Wuxi Compressor to manufacture compressor systems in China from locally procured parts and market them through Wuxi's strong sales network. Sales are anticipated to double by fiscal 2015, in comparison to fiscal 2010, ended March 2011.

The investment in Wuxi Compressor gives Kobe Steel a manufacturing base for nonstandard compressors in China. Kobe Steel currently makes nonstandard and standard compressors in three countries: Japan, the United States and China. It will make full use of these locations to build an optimum manufacturing network. Actively pursuing overseas business, Kobe Steel aims to achieve compressor sales of 110 billion yen in fiscal 2015.

A wide variety of compressors is available, based on the method of compression (centrifugal, reciprocating or screw), application and rated capacity. The Kobe Steel Group's compressor business consists of large process gas compressors, which are at the heart of oil refineries, petrochemical plants, natural gas plants, and other types of facilities. Another part of the business is small and medium-size standard compressors, which are widely used in industry in plant utilities. Kobe Steel has also applied its compressor technology in a compact steam-driven generator. Total sales in the Kobe Steel Group's compressor business came to about 70 billion yen in fiscal 2009, ended March 2010.

With overseas sales making up about 50% of total sales in fiscal 2010, the Compressor Division is one of the more globally advanced businesses in the Kobe Steel Group. In Japan, Kobe Steel manufactures compressors in Takasago and Harima, both in Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan. In the United States, Kobe Steel has two companies, one for nonstandard compressors and the other for standard compressors, while in China, one company makes standard compressors.

Kobe Steel is actively making investments at its overseas locations. China subsidiary Kobelco Compressors Manufacturing (Shanghai) Corporation and Kobelco Compressors America, Inc., a U.S. unit, have both increased their production capacities.

At the Takasago Works in Japan, Kobe Steel built a 4.1-billion-yen large test facility for nonstandard compressors. The compressor test facility went into full-scale operation in April 2010, further strengthening the competitiveness of Kobe Steel's compressor business.

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Kobe Steel invests in Chinese compressor company

Kobe Steel expands into the Chinese market

TOKYO, May 17, 2011 - Kobe Steel, Ltd. announces that it has acquired a 44.3% equity share in Wuxi Compressor Co., Ltd., based in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China, after reaching agreement with parent company Wuxi Victor Group Co., Ltd. The investment will enable Kobe Steel to help meet rising demand for process gas (non-standard) compressors in China.

The acquisition of the Wuxi shares was made through Kobelco (China) Holdings Co., Ltd., Kobe Steel's China headquarters. This was Kobelco (China) Holdings' first investment upon its start of operations in April.

Wuxi Victor Group Co., Ltd. has a 51.5% share in Wuxi Compressor, Kobe Steel has 44.3%, and other investors hold the remaining 4.2%. Established as a state-run enterprise in 1955, Wuxi Compressor was privatized in 1992. Sales in 2010 were 650 million yuan, with pretax ordinary income (also called pretax recurring profit) of 30 million yuan. Capitalized at 92 million yuan, Wuxi had 716 employees at the end of 2010. The president is Yu Wenkai.

Wuxi Compressor is a leading comprehensive manufacturer of compressors. It has received high acclaim from the market for its reciprocating compressors and screw compressors used in the oil refining and petrochemical industries. In 1995, Kobe Steel initially supplied Wuxi with technology for small compressors and in 2003 with technology for reciprocating compressors. Over the many years, both companies have built up a strong relationship, leading to Kobe Steel's equity participation in Wuxi Compressor.

Kobe Steel's investment in Wuxi Compressor will enable the two parent companies to expand their process compressor businesses centered on oil refineries, petrochemical plants, and LNG applications in the energy and chemical fields.

Kobe Steel will furnish Wuxi with its technology for process gas compressors (screw, centrifugal and reciprocating), in which sales to China have been low. The technology transfer will enable Wuxi Compressor to manufacture compressor systems in China from locally procured parts and market them through Wuxi's strong sales network. Sales are anticipated to double in five years to 2015, in comparison to fiscal 2010, ended March 2011.

"This investment in Wuxi Compressor will enable us to add a manufacturing location for non-standard compressors in China," said Executive Vice President Kazuo Shigekawa, who heads Kobe Steel's Machinery Business. Kobe Steel currently makes non-standard and standard compressors in three countries: Japan, the United States and China. "We will make full use of these locations to build an optimum manufacturing network. Actively pursuing overseas business, we're aiming to achieve compressor sales of 110 billion yen in fiscal 2015," said Shigekawa.

A wide variety of compressors is available, based on the method of compression (centrifugal, reciprocating or screw), application and rated capacity. The Kobe Steel Group's compressor business consists of large process gas compressors, which are at the heart of oil refineries, petrochemical plants, natural gas plants, and other types of facilities. Another part of the business is small and medium-size standard compressors, which are widely used in industry in plant utilities. Kobe Steel has also applied its compressor technology in a compact steam-driven generator. Total sales in the Kobe Steel Group's compressor business came to about 70 billion yen in fiscal 2009, ended March 2010.

With overseas sales making up about 50% of total sales in fiscal 2010, the compressor business is one of the more globally advanced businesses in the Kobe Steel Group. In Japan, Kobe Steel manufactures compressors in Takasago and Harima, both in Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan. In the United States, Kobe Steel has two companies - one for non-standard compressors and the other for standard compressors - while in China, one company makes standard compressors.

Kobe Steel is actively making investments to increase manufacturing capacity at its overseas locations. China subsidiary Kobelco Compressors Manufacturing (Shanghai) Corporation is increasing annual capacity from 2,200 units to 3,500 units. Construction is expected to be completed in July. Kobelco Compressors America, Inc., a U.S. unit, opened a new plant in April, raising annual capacity from $50 million to $100 million.

At the Takasago Works in Japan, Kobe Steel built a 4.1-billion-yen large test facility for non-standard compressors. The compressor test facility went into full-scale operation in April 2010, further strengthening the competitiveness of Kobe Steel's compressor business.

 

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New Plant in California, USA

Kobelco opens new compressor plant in California, USA

Kobe Steel, Ltd. announces that subsidiary Kobelco Compressors America, Inc. (or KCA) is opening a new $20 million factory complex that will double its manufacturing capacity of compressor systems. KCA has also moved its headquarters to the new facility.

March 14, 2011 held a grand opening of its new headquarters and factory, and it also marked the start of commercial operations at the new plant.

Approximately 150 guests, including Corona Mayor Stan Skipworth, attended the opening. From Kobe Steel, Executive Vice President Kazuo Shigekawa participated in the event.

Formerly known as Kobelco EDTI Compressors, Inc., KCA is anticipated to play a leading role in the Kobe Steel Group’s process gas compressor business covering North, Central and South America.

Based in Corona, California, 48 miles (about 80 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, KCA designs, manufactures and sells compressor systems. Among its customers are Exxon Mobil Corporation, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A (Petrobras) of Brazil, oil refining companies and petrochemical firms. The company is 100% owned by Kobe Steel and is capitalized at $5 million. The business began in 1990 and Kobe Steel first took an equity share in 2003. KCA employs about 200 people, and the president is Tetsuya Kakiuchi. Sales in 2010 reached $51 million.

Investments for capacity expansion to meet rising energy demand in North, Central and South America are promising over the medium- to long-term future. Environmental investments are also growing due to stricter regulations. As a result, demand for compressor systems is anticipated to steadily grow not only in traditional markets such as the petrochemical and oil refining industries, but also for gas turbine power generation, offshore oil and gas exploration, and LNG receiving terminals.

Since Kobe Steel’s initial investment in KCA in 2003, the company has steadily expanded its operations. In 2008, KCA completed the No. 2 Plant, increasing production capacity to $50 million dollars. Business conditions continued to remain strong in 2010, resulting in orders totaling $86 million. The facility is currently in full production and even warehouses outside the premises are being used to store parts. Construction of the No. 3 Plant began in August 2009. With the start-up of the new facility, manufacturing capacity has doubled to $100 million.

Kobe Steel manufactured Japan’s first reciprocating compressor in 1915. With a history going back nearly 100 years, Kobe Steel is regarded as Japan’s leading comprehensive manufacturer of compressors. KCA’s new facility will enable Kobe Steel to accelerate its global growth and build a strong base for its compressor business, as it focuses on becoming a top-class, comprehensive manufacturer of compressors in the world.

 

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Earthquake in Japan

Earthquake did not affect KOBELCO

Kobelco would like to thank all of those who send their well wishes to the company and are concerned for our company and personnel. We greatly appreciate your sentiments, and would like to let our valued customers know that neither our headquarters in Tokyo, nor our production facility in Takasago was damaged by the earthquake or tsunami. Kobelco is doing everything possible to help with the swift recovery of Japan. Based on our experience, where we recovered from a large earthquake in 1995, Kobelco is offering our help and expertise to assist in the recovery process.

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Award of Excellence for the City of Corona, California

Award of Excellence for Manufacturer/Distributer in 2010

Kobelco EDTI Compressors, Inc. (KEC) received the City of Corona, California's Award of Excellence for Manufacturer/Distributer on April 22, 2010 from Mayor Karen Spiegel for their growth and upstanding corporate citizenship in the City of Corona.

 

Tetsuya Kakiuchi, president of KEC, proudly accepted the award for the company and stated that he looks forward to Kobelco being globally recognized as an Excellent Company in the near future. One of the steps that Kobelco is taking to achieve its goal of being a globally recognized company is to build a new factory in Corona, California to expand their manufacturing capacity as their sales grow in the United States and Latin America.

 

 

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Test Facility Helps Kobelco Make Inroads in the Large-Capacity Centrifugal Compressor Market

Kobelco Starts Up Japan’s Largest Compressor Test Facility

Kobe Steel announced that a new large-capacity compressor test facility has begun operations at the Kobe Steel Takasago Works in Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan.

Test facilities are essential to confirm the mechanical stability and design performance of compressors, a major product of Kobe Steel's Machinery segment. The new 4-billion-yen (US$44 million) facility, the biggest in Japan, will be able to test large-capacity process gas compressors with variable-speed motors rated up to 20,000 kilowatts. The new facility doubles Kobe Steel’s testing capacity.

The start-up of the test facility enables Kobe Steel to develop the global market including the United States, Europe, China and the Middle East. Kobe Steel is making a full entry into the integrally geared centrifugal compressor market, where there are many promising projects. Kobe Steel estimates that it has a 10% share of the world market, which it aims to hike to 20% by fiscal 2012. It also plans to increase its market share of large-capacity screw and reciprocating compressors.

Kobe Steel forecasts that its compressor business will post record sales of 74 billion yen in fiscal 2009, ending in March 2010. The company anticipates sales will steadily grow in fiscal 2010. Focusing on standard compressors for energy savings and environmentally friendly applications; a broader menu for the process-gas and large-capacity compressor fields; and a strengthening of its production capabilities; Kobe Steel forecasts that its compressor sales may grow to 100 billion yen in the next four to five years.

In 1915, Kobe Steel began production of Japan's first reciprocating compressor. Over the years, the company added screw and centrifugal compressors, as well as refrigeration compressors and heat pumps. Kobe Steel currently makes a wide variety of compressors with motor ratings ranging from 1.5 kilowatts to several tens of thousands of kilowatts. Kobe Steel is Japan’s biggest comprehensive manufacturer of compressors. Even worldwide there are only a few companies like Kobe Steel.

Screw, centrifugal and reciprocating compressors in particular are used in process-gas applications for manufacturing. For all three types of compressors, users give top marks to Kobe Steel. Kobe Steel’s compressors are used in a wide variety of applications. Some examples are process gas for petrochemical and oil 2 refining plants; associated gas for oil and gas drilling; natural gas and fuel gas for power generation; and blast furnace byproduct gas at steel plants. In addition, for energy savings at plants and new applications for CO2 reduction systems, Kobe Steel’s compressors offer some of the world’s top levels of high performance, high flow rate, and high pressure.

About Kobe Steel

In addition to a wide array of industrial machinery and engineering services, Kobe Steel is one of Japan's leading steelmakers and producers of aluminum and copper products. Other businesses include welding consumables, wholesale power supply, construction machinery, real estate, and electronic materials.

 

 

 

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Kobelco EDTI Factory Expansion

Construction has begun on a major expansion of KEC's Corona, CA (USA) factory

Kobelco EDTI Compressors, Inc. (KEC) has begun a major expansion of its manufacturing capacity at the company’s Corona, California (USA) location. The expansion will allow KEC to continue offering responsive production and delivery times for its products as demand continues to increase in North America.

The project includes a new manufacturing complex, which is being constructed on a 9.8-acre (4,600,500 sq mt) tract of property. The new construction will add 50,870 sq ft (549,396 sq mt) of shop space and 28,550 sq ft (308,340 sq mt) of office space. The Corona facility already has over 100,000 sq ft of production space, enabling the factory to handle skid-mounted systems of any weight or size.

Completion of the new shop is tentatively scheduled for the first quarter 2011.

About KEC

KEC is a world leader in the application of rotary screw compressor technology. Since its inception, KEC has specialized in compression systems for use in petrochemical process and related heavy industrial applications. KEC operating installations span four continents, representing the company’s ability to meet the most demanding and complex application of process gas compression systems. KEC manufactures to rigid API Standards and petrochemical industry specifications. Certifications include ISO 9000-2000, ASME “U” Stamp, NBBI “R” Stamp, SELO Certification, KOSHA Certification and ISO 14001.

 

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