Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products

About KAAP

Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products (KAAP) is part of the Kobe Steel Group, which is known internationally by the KOBELCO brand and for quality materials and machinery.

KAAP began production in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 2005. Although we are new to the United States, we have been serving the aircraft and automotive industry in Japan since 1937. Our market leadership in Japan attests to the quality of the aluminum automotive parts we manufacture.

As part of the global drive to conserve fuel, reducing the weight of automobiles has become a vital concern of automobile makers worldwide. Aluminum parts forged by KAAP are light weight. By contributing to the overall reduction in weight of the automobile, our products help consumers save through lowered fuel consumption, and ultimately are better for the environment.

We are proud of what we do at KAAP. We are not only forging top quality products, we are forging a new era in automotive manufacturing - marrying technology with the human issues that improve quality of life for all of us.

Dedicated line for Aluminum Forged Suspension Products

State of the art manufacturing facilities

  • Continuous Casting Machine
  • 6300 ton Mechanical Forging Presses
  • 300 ton Mechanical Trimming Presses
  • Continuous Heat Treatment Furnaces
  • Automatic Penetrant Inspection Lines

KAAP Advantages

Weight Reduction

Achieved through use of KAAP's own high strength aluminum alloy and expert product design analysis.


Achieved through TS16949 - certified attention to consistent quality.

Cost Reduction

Achieved through enhanced material yield ratio, reduced forging cycle time, and total in-house recycling of scrap.


Achieved through production in the United States and Japan, to serve auto markets worldwide.

KAAP Quality Policy

Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products is committed to producing quality products, consistently meeting customers' expectations, and striving to increase customer satisfaction through continuous improvement of products and services, and the KAAP quality management system. KAAP is ISO9001 / ISO14001 certified and registered to TS16949.

Kobelco Part CAD of a car/suspension system 6300-ton Press