Bridgestone to close Hong Kong aircraft retread tire plant
12 Jul 2022
Production to be consolidated with Thailand operations
Tokyo – Bridgestone Corp. is consolidating its aircraft retread tire production operations in Asia, merging Hong Kong-based Bridgestone Aircraft Tire Co. Asia (BAA) with its Chonburi-based subsidiary Bridgestone Aircraft Tire Manufacturing Thailand (BAMT).
In a statement 11 July, the Japanese tire maker said the move is part of its mid-long term strategy to restructure manufacturing footprint and optimise production.
As part of the move, the Hong Kong subsidiary will cease operation by the end of June 2023 and be consolidated to BAMT.
Established in 1991, BAA has 102 employees and is involved in sales and manufacturing of retread aircraft tires.
Bridgestone established the Thailand operations in Chonburi in 2017 where it employs 94 people.
In addition to the Thailand facility, Bridgestone also operates an aircraft tire production unit in Qingdao, China; a plant in North Carolina, US; and a facility in Frameries, Belgium.