ERJ staff report (DS)
Tokyo -- Bridgestone has started production at most of the factories affected by last week's earthquake. The only plant where production has not started is Nasu, where the re-start has been re-scheduled following an unsuccesful re-start earlier in the week. The company is also putting in place measures to deal with rolling power outages which are being coordinated by the power suppliers and the government.
Bridgestone said operations started at the Tochigi factory on Wednesday 16th; the company is expecting to begin deliveries today.
The Kuroiso plant also re-started on Wednesday. The Tokyo plant re-started on Tuesday, with deliveries commencing from last Wednesday 16th.
The Nasu plant attempted a re-start on Wednesday, but some equipment emitted smoke and sparks, so the re-start is being re-scheduled.
To conserve power, Bridgestone is switching off lights, minimising use oif lifts and elevators, closing the Bridgestone corporate museum and has ceased using the IT systems.
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Press release from Bridgestone