Tokyo, Nov 10 (EFE) .- The Japanese metallurgist Kobe Steel said today that the pressure to obtain greater profitability of its finances and the lack of control by an insufficient organization were some of the factors that led to the falsification of data in their products.
This was revealed by the company's president, Hiroya Kawasaki, at a press conference in which he stated that the conglomerate "has looked for profitability too much" and that also sinned of lack of "balance" in the administration of the factories and of "little conscience" at the time of fulfilling the quality requirements of its customers.
The steelmaker is in question after revealing that technical data of at least 18 of its products of aluminum, steel, copper, filings of Iron and sputtering materials -used for the production of liquid crystal displays- were altered and some employees would have concealed this practice.
falseo consisted in the manipulation of the certificates of the inspections of some products, which were rewritten to make the technical data meet the specifications requested by their clients, when this was not the case.
Kobe Steel identified the reasons for the falseness in the internal investigation initiated after admitting the manipulation on October 8. and whose report presented today to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Japan's third largest steelmaker detailed its measures to avoid a recurrence of irregularities, between they automate the databases of product reviews, to prevent manual handling, and a review of objectives, to ensure that plants do not accept orders Excessive.
Neither Kobe Steel nor 474 of the 525 companies that received the falsified products have detected security problems so far, according to the latest figures provided. today by the steel mill.
Among the affected companies there are local automobile manufacturers such as Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mazda and the American General Motors and Ford, and sectors ranging from aeronautics and railways to military equipment.
Kawasaki and other managers are expected to clarify by the end of the year if they will resign because of the scandal -the last of a series of fiascos carried out by important Japanese companies-, coinciding with the presentation of the results of an external investigation.