The Ferrous Raw Materials Division handles a wide range of resources needed by society and provides our customers with business support. We supply the coal and iron ore that go into blast furnaces and iron slag that is melted in electric furnaces. Keeping the environment in mind, we also focus on recycling slag, waste plastic, and other materials to make RPF (Refuse Paper and Plastic Fuel) that can be burned instead of coal.
The Ferrous Raw Materials Division indirectly supports economic growth in Japan and throughout the world by supplying the iron ore and coal needed to operate blast furnaces, and the iron scrap needed for electric furnaces.
Slag is one of the byproducts of the steelmaking process. It can be combined with recycled waste plastic and other materials to make RPF (Refuse Paper and Plastic Fuel) that can be used as a coal replacement. We expect the market for RPF to grow as the world tries to conserve limited fossil fuels and reduce CO2 emissions.
The strength of the Ferrous Raw Materials Division lies in its physical presence in many locations around the world. While maintaining close ties with purchasing departments within Kobe Steel’s Iron & Steel Business as well as iron and steel manufacturing departments, we often visit production sites to get a first-hand view of what is needed. Seeking out materials that are ideally suited to our clients, we ensure them a stable supply through appropriate, fine-tuned service that earns their trust.
Although the Ferrous Raw Materials Division has grown alongside Japanese steelmakers, the market has changed dramatically in recent years. Japanese manufacturers are increasingly shifting their production facilities abroad, and new steelmakers are starting up overseas, further increasing the scale of the industry. To meet customer needs, Shinsho must serve the international market. Therefore, the Ferrous Raw Materials Division is expanding its bases of operation in such locations as Australia, the U.S., China and Singapore to accommodate localized demand, while building systems to ensure our customers have a stable supply. As part of that effort, we work closely with our clients and are building our own raw material processing facilities.
By expanding our own operations, we create demand and provide a reliable supply of materials. Adopting a long-term perspective that looks five to ten years ahead, we provide the support our customers need to expand their business by analyzing market trends using massive amounts of high-quality information.
Shinsho provides Kobe Steel with a reliable supply of iron ore, coking coal, limestone and other materials used in the steelmaking process.
Working in cooperation with Kobe Steel and other steelmakers, Shinsho provides a stable supply of slag in Japan and around the world.
Shinsho supplies titanium sponge and scrap as a resource for such applications as the aerospace industry and water desalination plants.
Shinsho supplies the coal and auxiliary materials used by Shinko Kobe Power Station, which generates up to 70% of the electric power used by the city of Kobe.
There are many different types of alloy steel with a wide variety of characteristics. Shinsho has access to many sources of alloy steel in Japan and abroad.
Coke breeze consists of small particles of coke that are a byproduct of the coke-making process. Shinsho supplies it to steelmakers who use electric furnaces as well as to alloy steel manufacturers.
|Kobe Steel, Ltd.|
|Kyoei Steel Ltd.|
|Osaka Steel Co., Ltd.|
|Nippon Koshuha Steel Co., Ltd.|
|Kanto Steel Ltd.|
|Nippon Denko Co., Ltd.|
|Osaka Special Alloy Co., Ltd.|
|Kmew Co., Ltd.|
|Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., Ltd.|
|Nippon Paper Lumber Co., Ltd.|
|Daio paper Corporation|
|Name||Main Products Supplied|
|Kobe Steel, Ltd.||Cold iron materials (pig iron, ore)|
|Shinko Slag Co., Ltd.||Slag products, coke breeze|
|Glencore International AG||Coal|
|Peabody Coaltrade International Limited||Coal|
|Nittetsu Mining Co., Ltd.||Limestone|
|Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., Ltd.||Limestone|
|Taiheiyo Cement Corporation||Limestone|
|Ube Industries, Ltd.||Limestone|
|Santhad Group Co., Ltd.||Dolomite|
|Kanna Shoten Co., Ltd.||Cold iron materials (metal charge, iron scrap)|
|Matsumoto Sangyo Co., Ltd.||Iron scrap|
|Osaka Titanium Technologies Co., Ltd.||Titanium sponge|