Sapa Signs Agreement with Kobe Steel

Japanese Kobe Steel Ltd. and Sapa AB has signed an agreement under which Kobe Steel will provide Sapa with production technology for high quality aluminum extrusions to be used in Sapa’s more than 50 extrusion plants in Europe, North America and Asia.

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Japanese Kobe Steel Ltd. and Sapa AB has signed an agreement under which Kobe Steel will provide Sapa with production technology for high quality aluminum extrusions to be used in Sapa’s more than 50 extrusion plants in Europe, North America and Asia.

Both companies excel in aluminum extrusions. The combination of Kobe Steel Technology with Sapa’s global footprint and technology will provide even more value to customers in automotive, home and office equipment, and other product areas. The agreement covers the range of processes, ranging from melting and casting to extrusion, including Kobe Steel’s aluminum alloys.

By this agreement, Kobe Steel will be able to meet the global procurement needs of their customers, ensuring the same high quality as in Japan. “With our global footprint, Sapa will be able to supply Kobe customers. At the same time, we will broaden our offering towards both present and new customers further by getting access to sophisticated production technology from Kobe,” says Svein Tore Holsether, president and CEO at Sapa.

The deal makes it possible for Sapa to market high-end aluminium extrusions based on Kobe Steel’s technology through the entire Sapa plant network. For fabricated product, such as bumpers, Kobe Steel will be able to obtain semi-finished materials from Sapa’s locations, process and sell them locally.