Kobe Steel, Ltd. （Kabushiki-gaisha Kōbe Seikō-sho), operating worldwide under the brandKobelco, is a major Japanese steel manufacturer headquartered in Chūō-ku, Kobe. Kobe Steel also has a stake inOsaka Titanium Technologies.
It was formed on September 1, 1905. Its location in a major city port was useful for importing and exporting iron ore and coal. Kobe Steel is the owner of the rugby team Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers.
The company is listed on the Tokyo and Nagoya Stock Exchange, on the Osaka Securities Exchange and is a constituent of the Nikkei 225 stock index. As of March 31, 2014, the company had 208 subsidiary and 62affiliated companies across Japan, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US.
Kobe Steel is a member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFJ) keiretsu.