Tyre makers extend seasonal shutdowns

By Ross Dempsey, ERJ staff

In the face of continuing economic turmoil and significant drops in demand across the automotive industry a number of rubber companies and, in particular, tyre manufacturers are scaling down production over the holiday period.

“The severe slow down in demand during the second half of 2008 has affected all tyre manufacturers and has caused a build up of inventories,” a spokesperson for Bridgestone told ERJ in a written statement. “The extended shutdowns are intended to bring a better balance into the…

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