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Kobe Steel Opens Air Compressor Service Company in Philippines

Kobe Steel, Ltd. has established a company in the Philippines to dispatch supervisors and provide engineering services for its nonstandard air compressor business. Named Kobelco Machinery Philippines Inc. (or KMP), the new company has opened and is now in full operation.



The staff of Kobelco Machinery Philippines with President Miyoshi Sagesaka (back row, second from the left).

KMP is headquartered in Makati City, Metro Manila and employs 21 people. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kobelco Machinery Asia Pte. Ltd. in Singapore, who in turn is 100% held by Kobe Steel.

The new company provides an optimal framework for supervisor dispatch services and engineering work for Kobe Steel’s nonstandard air compressor business in the region. Supervisors are in charge of the installation, commissioning and after-sales service of nonstandard air compressors, or custom-engineered air compressors.

Through KMP, Kobe Steel can further grow its nonstandard air compressor business and strengthen its supervisor dispatch services. Kobe Steel has increased the number of supervisors in Japan (Takasago Works), the United States (California) and China (Wuxi). The Philippines is now the fourth country where Kobe Steel has local supervisors. By increasing staff and improving their mobility, Kobe Steel aims to increase orders for air compressors and after-sales service in the region.

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. Engineering work covers the design of OEM parts and arrangements for their procurement.

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of air 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.


Background Information

Under its medium-term management plan launched last year, Kobe Steel is expanding its air compressor business as a growth strategy of its machinery-related businesses. In fiscal 2020, Kobe Steel aims to achieve air compressor sales of 130 billion yen, an increase of more than 40 percent compared with fiscal 2016. To achieve this goal, Kobe Steel plans to make further progress in the estimated 1-trillion-yen world market for nonstandard air compressors.

In April, it opened a large-capacity 40 MW air compressor test facility. Furthermore, Kobe Steel is responding to the global market by reinforcing its supervisory functions involving after-sales service. It is increasing the amount of its design work, while lowering design costs. Kobe Steel is also appointing local staff to provide onsite engineering services.


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