Bridgestone Opens Off-Highway Tyre Plant In Thailand
Published On 29-Oct-2019
The facility opens with a capacity of 35 tons per day, producing radial tyre for construction and mining vehicles
Bridgestone Corp. has opened an off-the-road tyre plant in Thailand’s Amata city, four years behind schedule. The Japanese tyre maker announced its plan to build the $569 million plant in 2012, with production schedules for first half of 2015, producing tyres predominantly with rim diameters up to 51 inches. The plant was then supposed to ramp up to 85 metric tons per day by 2019.
Bridgestone, however in a statement on October 25, said the facility will open with a capacity of 35 tons per day, producing radial tyre for construction and mining vehicles.
"We will strive to contribute to Thailand and local communities by developing high-quality and high-value-add tires for our customers based on Bridgestone Group's mission 'Serving Society with Superior Quality'," said Masahiro Higashi, Senior Vice President and Executive Officer of Bridgestone Corporation, during the opening event.
The new factory will function as Bridgestone’s first unit producing OTR (Off-The-Road) tyres in an Asian country other than Japan. It’s also company’s sixth OTR tyre plant worldwide, including two in the U.S – in Bloomington, Illinois and Trenton, S.C – and three in Japan.
The opening of the new factory will make it possible for the Bridgestone Group to construct a production and supply system that can furnish flexible responses to medium- to long-term changes in demand.
Bridgestone has three other tyre plant in Thailand- a passenger/ light truck tyre plant in Nong Khae; a multi-product plant in Rangsit; and a radial truck tyre plant in Chonburi.