Sapa Signs Technology Agreement with Japanese
Sapa AB of Sweden and Kobe Steel Ltd. of Japan have signed
an agreement under which Kobe Steel will provide Sapa with production
technology for aluminum extrusions to be used in Sapa’s more than 50 extrusion
plants in Europe, North America and Asia, according to information from
The agreement covers the full range of processes ranging from melting
and casting to extrusion, including Kobe Steel’s proprietary aluminum
Kobe Steel currently produces aluminum extrusions at its Chofu Works plant
in Shimonoseki in western Japan. Major products include bumper material
for automobiles, aluminum tubes for OPC (organic photo conductor), drums
used in printers and other value-added products.
“This is a very positive solution for both companies,” says Svein Tore
Holsether, president and CEO of Sapa. “Kobe ensures high-quality solutions
for its customers outside of Japan, and Sapa gets access to complimentary
technology for our advanced profiles extrusions operations.”
Through the agreement Kobe Steel officials say they will be able to meet
the global procurement needs of its customers.
“As user industries have increasingly been moving their operations overseas
in recent years, building a network that can supply our customers with
high-quality products outside Japan has become an important issue,” says
Kobe’s Yoriyuki Shibata.
NSG to Delay Vietnam Float Line
Following a review of demand and capacity in the supply of products for
the touch panel market, officials at the NSG Group have decided to delay
the company’s plans to build a float line in Vietnam to manufacture value-added
According to the company, NSG Ultra Fine Flat glass (UFF) products are
increasingly being used in the growing touch panel market, particularly
in mobile devices and computers. The group is confident that it will be
able to meet near- to medium-term demand from its existing production
The decision follows the company’s announcement on December 15, 2011,
of a delay in plans to build a line in Vietnam for the production of glass
for the solar energy sector.
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