Bridgestone to expand OTR tire production
Bridgestone Corp. will expand production capacity at its Kitakyushu, Japan, plant in response to growing demand for large and giant OTR tires.
Production will be increased to 130 tons per day when the expansion is completed in the second half of 2013.
In related news, Bridgestone also will expand production of its steel cord plant in Saga, Japan. The factory makes steel cord for the company's OTR tires.
Investment for both projects will total 24 billion yen.
"In addition to meeting the global needs of Bridgestone's customers, the Kitakyushu plant will be the environmental model for future Bridgestone factories by incorporating designs and construction methods that minimize the plant's impact on the environment," say company officials.