The plant is expected to start production in the first half of 2016. The plant will produce passenger car radial tires such as winter tires for the Russia/CIS※1 market. Production capacity is estimated to reach approximately 12,000 units a day by the second half of 2018.
Of note, attending Bridgestone’s celebratory groundbreaking ceremony were Sergey Morozov, Governor of Ulyanovsk Oblast, where the plant will be located; esteemed dignitaries from federal and state government; industrial zone business residents; and representatives from Mitsubishi Corporation, which is contributing to the construction of the new plant as a business partner.
At the ceremony, introductory remarks were made by Kazuhisa Nishigai, COO and Representative Board Member of Bridgestone Corporation, who said “Bridgestone is building this new plant in order to meet the demand growth with local production and to contribute motorization in Russia with high-quality, safety-secured products”. Subsequently, Hiromi Tanigawa, president of Bridgestone Tire Manufacturing C.I.S. LLC, which will operate the new plant, expressed his enthusiasm for the construction and startup of the new plant and exchanged opinions with other participants.
The Russia/CIS region is a large market with a population of approximately 300 million. New vehicle sales in the region have shown strong growth, and demand for tires is expected to increase. Bridgestone is building this new plant in order to meet this demand growth with local production. The Bridgestone Group has previously taken steps to further develop its operations in the region, such as expanding its Pole Position retail channel network. The construction of this new plant will enable the Group to be closer to the market, and supply its products to customers in a timely manner.
※1 CIS: Commonwealth of Independent States. An organization of states formed by former Soviet Republics following the breakup of the Soviet Union.
<Overview of BMCIS>
1. Company name : Bridgestone Tire Manufacturing C.I.S. LLC
2. Location : Zavolzhye Industrial Zone in Ulyanovsk Oblast (about 900 km east-southeast of Moscow)
3. Ownership : Bridgestone Corporation - 90%, Mitsubishi Corporation -10%
4. Representative : Hiromi Tanigawa
5. Products : Passenger car radial tires
6. Site area : Approximately 81 hectares
7. Start of operation : First half of 2016 (planned)
8. Number of employees : Approximately 800 employees (planned for second half of 2018)
9. Production capacity : Approximately 12,000 tires/day (planned for second half of 2018)
About Bridgestone Europe
Bridgestone Europe (BSEU), with European headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is a key regional subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of tyres and other rubber products. Bridgestone Europe operates an R&D center, 8 plants and offices in more than 30 European countries, with over 13,000 employees. BSEU’s premium tyres are sold both within Europe and globally.