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Bridgestone to increase production capacity for passenger cars and light truck tyres in U.S.

Sep, 22 2011

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Bridgestone Corporation announced today that its Group company, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC (BATO) has decided to further increase production capacity of passenger car radial tyres (PSR) and light truck radial tyres (LTR) at its Aiken Plant in South Carolina, the United States.

The total investment will be approximately USD 211 million (approximately ¥18.0 billion). Plans call for increasing the plant’s production capacity by approximately 8,000 tyres per day, to approximately 37,750 tyres per day during the third quarter of 2015.

The Aiken Plant began operations in 1998 and mainly manufactures PSR and LTR for the North American market. BATO announced in July 2011 that it will increase the Aiken Plant’s production capacity by approximately 4,750 tyres per day. BATO plans to complete this expansion by the first quarter of 2013. BATO decided that a further increase in production capacity was necessary in order to cater to the steady growth in demand for PSR and LTR tyres in North America.

The Bridgestone Group is continuously improving its production and supply systems so that it can always respond rapidly to market demand trends and provide customers with even higher quality products in a timely manner.

Outline the Aiken Plant

  1. Location: Aiken County, South Carolina
  2. Products: Passenger car radial tires and light truck radial tires
  3. Current square meters of the building: Approximately 167,000 square meters
  4. Start of operations: 1998
  5. Number of employees: Approximately 1,250 (as of September 2011)
  6. Production capacity: Approximately 25,000 tyres/day (as of September 2011)