Kobe Steel ad­mits to wider fudg­ing of me­tals data

The Hindu Business Line - - NEWS - AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ja­pan’s Kobe Steel apol­o­gised on Thurs­day after find­ing wider prob­lems, dat­ing back to 2011, with faked in­spec­tions data for me­tals used in many prod­ucts, in­clud­ing bul­let trains, cars and ap­pli­ances.

Kobe Steel’s Pres­i­dent Hiroya Kawasaki bowed deeply in a for­mal apol­ogy, lament­ing that “Trust in our com­pany has dropped to zero.” Ak­i­hiro Tada, Di­rec­tor of Japna’s Man­u­fac­tur­ing In­dus­tries Bureau, urged the com­pany to move quickly in re­solv­ing the prob­lems.

The com­pany had said on Wed­nes­day it had un­cov­ered ma­nip­u­la­tion of data on steel pow­der used in met­al­lurgy and also on high-tech ma­te­ri­als used to cre­ate films used in com­puter chips.

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