Bridgestone closes 8 tire plants due to coronavirusApril 20, 2020
Japanese tire maker Bridgestone said Monday that it would suspend operations at its 11 domestic plants, including 8 tire mills, from late April through early May to cope with reduced demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The world’s largest tire manufacturer will close 8 tire plants between April 29 and May 8, including the main passenger car tire manufacturing facility in Hikone, western Japan, and the main truck and bus tire manufacturing plant in Amagi, southern Japan.
Bridgestone has a total of 15 factories in Japan, most of which are engaged in the production of tires or other rubber products.
According to a company spokesperson, Bridgestone planned to close the plants from May 3 to 6 during the Golden Week festival in Japan, but decided to extend the period for tire enterprises by 6 days, as demand for new cars, retail stores and exports is reduced. The closing date of 3 other plants will be extended by 2-4 days.
According to the spokesperson, as of April 16, Bridgestone has suspended operations at 19 of its 51 foreign tire factories to reflect lower demand.
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