Kobe Steel to expand wire rod processing in China

Kobe Steel and the other equity shareholders in Kobe Special Steel Wire Products (Pinghu) agreed to expand the production capacity of their Chinese joint venture that processes special steel wire rod.
Kobe Special Steel Wire Products (KSP) was established in 2007 to supply cold heading (CH) steel wire to parts manufacturers for use in making automotive bolts and nuts and bearing products. Full-scale operations began in 2009. Kobe Steel provides 100% of the special steel wire rod used by KSP, so that the same high-quality material available in Japan can be used to manufacture high-quality parts in China.

KSP increased its production capacity in 2012, but as the Chinese market is anticipated to continue growing in the future, KSP decided that it would be necessary to further increase capacity ahead of expanding demand. KSP plans to add three wire-drawing machines to the existing five units, yielding eight machines. Production capacity will increase from the current 2,500t per month to 3,500t per month. Three more STC (Short Time Cycle) annealing furnaces will be installed for six units. A 6,400m2 building will be constructed to house the additional equipment. Start-up is anticipated to begin in July 2015.

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