Kobe Steel, Ltd. has announced that subsidiary Kobelco Compressors America, Inc. (or KCA) is opening a new $20 million factory complex that will double its manufacturing capacity of compressor systems. KCA has also moved its headquarters to the new facility.
Formerly known as Kobelco EDTI Compressors, Inc., KCA is anticipated to play a leading role in the Kobe Steel Group’s process gas compressor business covering North, Central and
Since Kobe Steel’s initial investment in KCA in 2003, the company has steadily expanded its operations. In 2008, KCA completed the No. 2 Plant, increasing production capacity to $50 million dollars. Business conditions continued to remain strong in 2010, resulting in orders totaling $86 million. The facility is currently in full production and even warehouses outside the premises are being used to store parts. Construction of the No. 3 Plant began in August 2009. With the start-up of the new facility, manufacturing capacity has doubled to $100 million.