ERJ staff report (TB)
Pune, India - Bridgestone Corp. has inaugurated production of car tires at its $540 million Pune factory, Tire Business reported on 6 February, and is targeting October for starting truck tire production there.
Bridgestone India Private Ltd. marked the occasion with an opening ceremony on 5 February with company and local government officials. The tire maker broke ground on the plant in 2010.
Daily car tire capacity at the 8.1-million-sq.-ft. plant is expected to reach 10,000 units by year-end 2014, Bridgestone said, with daily capacity for 3,000 truck and bus radials expected by mid-2017.
The plant, in Maharashtra State, opens with 500 employees for the start-up phase. Bridgestone did not disclose how many employees there will be at full capacity.
The plant is Bridgestone's second India. The other is in Indore, where Bridgestone recently added capacity for radial truck and bus tires to the 15-year-old facility's original car tire capacity along with expanding car tire capacity.
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