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Metal One Steel Center Shikoku Corporation Opens a New Plant From Value One, Spring 2007 No.16

Supply of Assembled Hull Blocks to Shipbuilding Manufacturers

A hull block being assembled.


Metal One Steel Center Shikoku Corporation (in Marugame City, Kagawa Prefecture; President: Yoshihiro Wakabayashi), which specializes in the cutting and processing of steel plates, recently began operations at its new block assembly plant, which was established last fall to meet the hull construction needs of shipbuilders. The new operation is intended to strengthen the company's services to shipbuilders located in the region of Shikoku by engaging in the high value-added business of assembling hull blocks.

Block assembling is the cutting and welding of steel plates to fabricate sections of a ship's hull. It involves vital processing and assembling steps in the upstream part of the shipbuilding process. Metal One Shikoku launched this business by investing approximately 500 million and building the plant on a previously unused site after having two large cranes installed there. The monthly production capacity of the plant is approximately 600 tonnes. Since block assembly requires sophisticated welding skills, Metal One Shikoku has asked business partners to send expert personnel to help in the development of human resources. The company plans to adopt some advanced Japanese shipbuilding techniques that are regarded as the best in the world.

Metal One Shikoku already has experience in providing high value-added services, such as the bending of steel plates for construction machinery manufacturers, and has now expanded its services to include the assembly of hull blocks for shipbuilders.

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