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Bridgestone relocates China plant

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Bridgestone Corp. announced that its subsidiary in China, Bridgestone (Shenyang) Tire Co. Ltd. (Shenyang Plant), has relocated its truck and bus radial tire plant to a new site in Shenyang City Liaoning Province, China.

The company marked the opening in a ceremony on Sept. 24, 2014.

China is one of Bridgestone’s key markets and has a huge demand for TBR tires, according to Kazuhisa Nishigai, COO and representative board member of Bridgestone Corp., who officiated the opening ceremony. “We aim to develop our Shenyang plant into one of Bridgestone’s key plants, to contribute to the growth of the local market and customers’ needs.”

The company says the Shenyang plant was originally constructed in 1999 and was Bridgestone Group’s first tire manufacturing plant in China. The plant is ISO9002 and ISO14001 certified.

The new plant covers about 395,000 square meters and employed 1,325 people as of Aug. 31, 2014. The plant’s capacity is expected to be about 5,000 tires per day in the first half of 2016, according to the company.

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