As the world races to lower carbon emissions in line with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, it is essential for power and manufacturing plant owners to adopt the latest technologies, parts and equipment in a bid to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. And Seo Koatsu Kogyo (SKK) – a Japanese firm which manufactures steel-forged products, heat exchangers and other heavy industry products – is supporting its customers in the energy and manufacturing industries in this endeavor.
Established in 1926, SKK has been quite literally forging trust and its reputation among its customers for over 90 years. And over the coming years, this highly specialized Japanese SME will play a hidden, yet crucial role in reducing C02 emissions through the provision of high-quality and state-ofthe- art products for the power and manufacturing plants of tomorrow.
“Minimizing the environmental impact of our client’s facilities is of paramount importance,” says SKK president, Toshiyuki Osada. “As our market advances rapidly, we maintain a close relationship with our clients and actively monitor legislative changes.”
One of these future trends will be the move towards next-generation IGCC (Integrated Coal Gasification Combined Cycle) power plants. Compared with traditional coalfired plants, IGCC plants obtain significant improvements in power generation efficiency and reductions in carbon emissions thanks to the gasification of coal. And SKK’s heat exchanger is an important component in the coal gasification process.
SKK manufactures a ‘turbine cooling air cooler’ for the GTCC (gas turbine combined cycle) systems in China – a specific product that has been tailored to meet the needs and regulatory requirements of its Chinese clients.
|Toshiyuki Osada, President, Seo Koatsu Kogyo|
“At Seo Koatsu, we have been successful in complying with changing international regulations,” Mr. Osada adds. “For example, while we received the Quality License from China’s Labor Department in 1998, we have already upgraded it five times. Every four years, we adapt our products to meet the newest requirements. We have also been exporting this product to the USA and other countries.”
And while the industry in which SKK operates has changed drastically due to both regulatory requirements and technology advancements, one thing that hasn’t changed over the company’s 93- year history is the unrivaled quality, performance and after-sales service it provides to its customers.
“When foreign entities purchase our heat-exchangers, we provide an equivalent assistance to what we usually offer in Japan. And we can also manufacture forged products in all process from forgings to machining and testing and inspection from the standpoint of using as well as making,” says Mr. Osada.
“Each employee is committed to reliable manufacturing, working faithfully with awareness and responsibility as professional workers. This emphasis on the ‘soft’ side of the business has been applauded and appraised by our customers.”