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Kobe Steel Ltd. sank deeper into crisis on Friday as the embattled company said it had lost some customers to competitors because of widespread data falsification that had extended to its mainstream steel sheet business.
Japan's third-largest steelmaker, which supplies the world's top airline and automobile manufacturers, also said it had violated statutory standards set by the industry ministry, pushing the scandal beyond failure to meet specifications agreed with customers.
Until now, the 112-year-old company had said products it sold with falsified data met safety and other standards but did not meet contract specifications agreed with customers. It had also said the problem was mainly with aluminum and copper products.
originally posted by: Sammamishman
This makes me wonder why the end user didn't do their own periodic independent metalergic testing, in stead of relying on the manufacturer's internal reporting. In the business I'm in, (high end space rated parts) the end buyer does on site inspections of the parts on a regular basis. It would seem to me that a similar action plan could have prevented or at least shortened the amount of time something like this could have occurred.
originally posted by: Blackfinger
Aircraft grade aluminium in the 2000 range (notably 2024 series) comprises Copper as one of its elements..It is a general purpose aircraft grade used mainly in skins and low stress structures.
Its pretty much the most used aircraft grade...Looks like a lot of backtracking of release notes is in order..
A lot of bowed heads and dishonor is in order..
He said the Hatano plant did not meet Japanese Industrial Standards for quality management after it faked data on tensile strength and other properties of copper and copper-alloy piping.
the company decided to set up a panel of outsiders, replacing an in-house panel led by the company's president.