October 11, 2017 / 10:45 AM / in a year

Kobe Steel confirms data tampering in iron powder products, research unit

TOKYO (Reuters) - Kobe Steel Ltd (5406.T) said on Wednesday it has found cases of data falsification in its iron powder products and at its research unit.

A man walks past the signboard of Kobe Steel at the group's Tokyo headquarters in Tokyo, Japan October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato

There was a single case of data tampering of iron powder products the company said, along with 70 cases of data tampering at its research unit Kobelco Research Institute Inc.

It was unclear what the impact would be on earnings, the company said in a statement.

The growing number of cases of data tampering at Kobe Steel has caused a safety scare along the global supply chain.

Reporting by Sam Nussey. Editing by Jane Merriman

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