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New Kentucky Facility Includes Casting Line Kobelco Aluminum Products


& Extrusions Inc. broke ground on its production facility in Bowl- ing Green, Kentucky. Around 50 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the facility, which will include a casting line. By 2019 there’s expected to be 110 employees at the facility. KPEX, a subsidiary of Kobe


Steel Ltd. will manufacture and sell aluminum bumper beam material and car frame material for the automotive industry in the United States. Fabrication opera- tions will begin in the second half of 2017 and the melting to extru- sion processes will begin in the second half of 2018.


“Cars need to be lighter to re- duce CO2 emissions and improve


mileage. Many automakers want to use lighter materials, and our products have received high marks from them,” said Takumi Fujii, managing executive office, KPEX. “As demand for lightweight ma- terials increases, I look forward to the future growth of KPEX.” Kobe Steel has been supply- ing aluminum bumper materials to Japanese automakers since the 1990s.


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Kobelco Aluminum Products & Extrusions Inc. broke ground on its production facility that will include a casting line.


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