Kobe Steel, Ltd. inaugurated a new titanium melt shop at its Takasago Works in Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan. The facility will go into full production in January 2008. The melt shop uses the company’s proprietary Kobe Method (a vacuum arc remelting method), which makes possible the use of titanium scrap. Kobe Steel aims to make the new facility the most cost-competitive melt shop in Japan.

Since 2006, Kobe Steel has been increasing its overall integrated production capacity of titanium mill products. The higher capacity enables Kobe Steel to manufacture more titanium-alloy forgings for next-generation aircraft engines.