Kobe Steel Expands Its Localized Footprint

The staff of Kobelco Machinery Philippines with President Miyoshi Sagesaka (back row, second from the right). Mr. Sagesaka is concurrently general manager of the Rotating Machinery Plant at Kobe Steel’s Takasago Works in Takasago, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.

Kobe Steel Ltd. has opened Kobelco Machinery Philippines Inc. (KMP). Located in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines, the new company provides supervisor dispatch services and engineering work for Kobe Steel’s custom-engineered compressor business in the region.

“Supervisors oversee the installation, commissioning, and after-sales service of custom-engineered compressors,” said Gary Tsuchida, a Kobe Steel spokesperson in Tokyo. “From the Philippines, KMP covers Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, India, and the Middle East. In addition to supervisors, KMP will provide engineering work, which includes the design of OEM parts and components. Based on the customer’s specifications, KMP will write up purchase requests for the parts and create the necessary drawings and designs. As they are purchased outside of Kobe Steel, we make arrangements with parts manufacturers for their procurement.”

With the addition of KMP, Kobe Steel now provides supervisory services from four locations around the world – Japan, China, USA, and the Philippines.

In Japan, Kobe Steel has supervisors stationed at its Takasago Works in Takasago, Hyogo Prefecture. Takasago Works is the main manufacturing complex for Kobe Steel’s Machinery Business. Takasago-stationed supervisors cover Japan and provide support to overseas locations.

Kobelco Compressors America Inc., specializing in skid-mounted systems from its headquarters in Corona, California, USA, provides supervisory services to North and South America.

Wuxi Compressor Co. Ltd., an affiliate company, manufactures and sells a variety of nonstandard and standard compressors from its base in Wuxi, Zhejiang Province. Supervisors stationed at Wuxi Compressor Co. cover China.

Through KMP, Kobe Steel plans to further grow its nonstandard compressor business and strengthen its supervisor dispatch services. “As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of compressors, Kobe Steel plans to expand its services in the region through KMP in the Philippines and set down roots in areas of demand to grow its global business,” said Tsuchida. “In addition, KMP enables Kobe Steel to optimize its engineering work. Kobe Steel can transfer work currently undertaken at Takasago Works in Japan to KMP and also divide some of the work between the two locations. This framework enables Kobe Steel to choose the best location to carry out engineering work and meet the requirements of its customers.”