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Kobe Steel Starts Up Test Facility In Japan

Posted on February 19, 2010

Kobe Steel, Ltd. announced that its new large-capacity compressor test facility has begun operations at the company’s Takasago Works in Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan. Construction began in April 2008 on this new US$44 million facility which, the company reported, will double Kobe Steel's testing capacity.

With the start-up of this test facility, Kobe Steel will be able to test large capacity process gas compressors with variable speed motors rated up to 20,000 kW. This new facility will also enable the company to develop global markets including the United States, Europe, China and the Middle East.

The company is making a full entry into the integrally geared centrifugal compressor market and also plans to increase its market share of large capacity screw and reciprocating compressors.

Kobe Steel began production of Japan's first reciprocating compressor in 1915 and over the years, added screw and centrifugal compressors, as well as refrigeration compressors and heat pumps. The company currently makes a wide variety of compressors with motor ratings from 1.5 kW to several tens of thousands of kilowatts. Kobe Steel is also one of Japan's leading steelmakers and producers of aluminum and copper products.

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