Kobe Steel plant loses remaining industrial quality badge

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Kobe Steel (5406.T) plant, which is at the center of a data falsification scandal that has roiled supply chains around the world, has been stripped of all its industrial quality certifications, Japan’s government said on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: Kobe Steel’s logo is seen through a fence at a facility of Kakogawa Works in Kakogawa, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

The government-sanctioned seal on insulated copper tubing from Kobe’s Hatano plant was revoked after an investigation by a certification firm into its quality controls, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a statement.

The plant, located southwest of Tokyo, has also lost its ISO 9001 quality certificate from the International Standards Organization, Japan Quality Assurance Organization said.

Earlier, the plant’s Japan Industrial…

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