Nippon Steel falsifies strength data for steel pipes
CHIBA--Nippon Steel Corp. said Thursday it shipped more than 120,000 steel pipes used in natural gas plants and other places after falsifying strength data and failing to conduct required hydraulic pressure tests.
A Nippon Steel official acknowledged in a news conference Thursday that the company violated the law concerning industrial standards.
Nippon Steel, the industry leader in Japan, said the pipes in question were manufactured by Nittai Corp., its subsidiary in Noda, Chiba Prefecture, and shipped to about 80 companies.
Nittai, which suspended the shipments Tuesday, was expected to halt production Thursday.
The economy ministry plans to look into the case.
Earlier this month, JFE Steel Corp. admitted to falsifying strength data for steel pipes used for oil pipelines and other purposes.(IHT/Asahi: May 29,2008)