ERJ staff report (LMH)
Tokyo -- Bridgestone Corp. is to participate in an Indonesian joint research project about natural rubber, the company announced at a 24 Feb press conference.
The project will be undertaken in collaboration with the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and the Indonesian Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi (BPPT)).
Bridgestone said the role of each party is yet to be clarified. The three groups are currently working out the details of the joint research contract, which is intended to develop methods to increase the production of natural rubber.
The Japanese tyre company has two rubber plantations in Indonesia, one in Sumatra and another in Kalimantan. It is also currently involved in another joint research project with the World Agroforestry Centre in Indonesia regarding the stability of the agricultural rubber industry.
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Press release from Bridgestone