Bridgestone to expand R&D facilities in Japan
Bridgestone is expanding its research and development center in Kodaira City, Tokyo, and as a result moving and consolidating its passenger and light truck tire production from that same facility to other manufacturing plants in Japan.
The company says it “will work to enhance the competitiveness of its domestic production.” Bridgestone says it will transfer the tire production from Kodaira to the other plants by the end of June 2016.
In addition, the company says it will invest about 15 billion yen in its Hikone plant, “the flagship plant of the Bridgestone Group.” The plant’s production lines will be redesigned with a shift toward IT and automation. The Hikone plant improvements are scheduled to begin in 2016 and conclude by 2020. The Hikone facility began operations in March 1968 and employs 1,237 people as of September 2015. The plant produces radial passenger and light truck tires.