Brussels - Bridgestone Europe, Russia, Middle East, India and Africa (EMIA) has announced that several plants across its manufacturing network will slowly ramp up production in response to business and customer needs.
As of 14 April, production is resumed in all plants located in Spain – Burgos, Bilbao and Puente San Miguel – and Ulyanovsk, Russia, Bridgestone said in a statement.
The company’s passenger tire plant in Bari, Italy, and retreading facility in Lanklaar, Belgium, are also anticipated to restart later this month, said the 14 April release.
Factories in India, South Africa and France will remain closed for the time being, according to Bridgestone.
The tire maker’s production facilities in Poznan and Stargard in Poland, and Tatabanya in Hungary have remained operational throughout this period, but running at reduced capacity.
Bridgestone said the restart plans reflected the demand trend seen in several of its EMIA’s market segments, including OEM passenger tires and the commercial sector.
The commercial sector, the Japanese tire and rubber group noted, has been “less severely affected by the economic downturn.”