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Kobe Steel to lose industry certification for another product

Second type of copper pipe to be disqualified due to data falsification

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TOKYO -- The Japan Quality Assuarance Organization is expected to strip Kobe Steel of its certification for a type of copper pipe made at a plant run by a subsidiary in Japan, following revelations of data falsification at the steelmaker, sources said on Wednesday.

The company has already lost its certification from the industry body for a different type of copper pipe produced at the same plant in Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, which is operated by Kobelco & Materials Copper Tube.

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