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2017/11/01 The Quality of Our Products

At this time, Kobelco Steel Tube Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Company”) deeply apologize for the enormous amount of trouble we have caused to customers, suppliers, shareholders and many others concerning the improper conduct in Kobe Steel, Ltd. and its group companies.

Today, the Company reports on the status of safety verification.

After the revelation of the improper conduct, the Company undertook and have completed self-investigations in our business units as set forth below for the one-year period covering September 2016 to August 2017. Our self-investigations have not recognized any improper conduct. The Company will continue performing appropriate quality control on our products.

1. Outline of self-investigation

• Purpose of self-investigation:

Determine the presence of improper conduct in the Kobelco Steel Tube

• Subject of self-investigation:

Seamless Stainless Pipe and Titanium Welded Pipe

• Period of self-investigation:

1 year from September 2016 to August 2017

• Details on methods of self-investigation

Collation of inspection reports and inspection performance data (confirmation by matching actual data)

Collation of specifications requested by customers and contents of inspection instructions at Kobelco Steel Tube (confirmation by matching actual data)

Divisions responsible for inspection and shipping decisions, to the greatest degree possible, were not involved in the self-investigation. If their involvement was necessary, staffs were excluded from investigating any test results that they had been involved in.

In the process of our self-investigations, JMA Consultants Inc. (JMAC) evaluated the suitability of our inspection methods.

2. Results of the self-investigation

Our self-investigations have not recognized any improper conduct.

3. Our future plans

Kobe Steel, Ltd. established on October 26th an independent investigation committee consisting only of outside members (announced by Kobe Steel, Ltd. on October 26th, 2017). The committee will verify the appropriateness and validity of the methods, content and other factors in our self-investigation.