Last year, Kobe Steel, one of Japan’s largest steel supplier, admitted the falsification of data concerning their aluminum and copper products. As such, Mazda conducted an investigation on the materials affected by the said crisis.
As a result, the aluminum plates purchased directly from the manufacturer were reported to have no negative impact on the brand’s vehicles. Aside from that, the assessment has proven that Mazda did not use products that were falsified including aluminum extrusion, sputtering target materials, copper tubes, and steel wires.
Parts that were purchased via supplier such as aluminum plates and steel powder were used for engine components has passed the inspection. Alloy rods and copper products that were incorporated on some models are verified to be safe and meet the quality standards of Mazda.
Steel wouldn’t let aluminum take its position as the top player in the automotive industry.
This timing is indeed perfect for a potential partnership.
Quite a sad exhibit but hey, at least now we know.