Kobe Steel Ltd.’s U.S. subsidiary, Kobelco Aluminum Products & Extrusions Inc. (KPEX), held an opening ceremony Sept. 18 in Bowling Green, Ky., for an expansion project. KPEX, which manufactures and sells aluminum extrusions and fabricated products, will add an additional melting furnace and extrusion press. After the expansion is complete, KPEX will have two melting furnaces and two extrusion presses. Production capacity will increase to 1,000 tons per month from the current 500 tons per month. Plans call for mass production using the new equipment to begin in 2021.

Kobe Steel established KPEX in April 2016. Integrated production at KPEX, from melting and casting to final processing, began in November 2018.