ERJ staff report (DS)
Kurume, Japan - Bridgestone Corp is re-organising the manufacture of tyre moulds. The restructuring plan is scheduled to begin from July 2012 and be complete by June 2013.
The company is to aggregate Japanese production from its Kurume plant into ts plant in Shimonoseki (Yama guchi Province) and move the units headquarters to Shiminoseki. This unit is to specialise in moulds for mining and construction applications. Bridgestone will also make more use of overseas production facilities for tyre moulds.
Bridgestone's mould manufacturing network comprises:
- a unit in Tokyo set up in 1960 which employs 880 in a factory area of 600,000 m2. The plant makes moulds for passenger car and aircraft radials.
- Tokyo plant set up in 1960 which employs 880 in a factory area of 600,000 m2
- Kurume plant set up in 1931 which employs 1180 in a factory area of 430,000 m2. The plant makes moulds for passenger car and aircraft radials.
- Tokyo plant to clean, process and assemble passenger car tyre moulds and truck/bus tyre moulds set up in 1961 which employs 62
- Tokyo mould factory set up in 1962 with a site area of 3300 m2
- Shimonoseki plant set up in 2004 with an area of 9800 m2
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Press release from Bridgestone (Japanese language)
Above Press release auto-translated from Japanese language