Bridgestone to Increase Aircraft Tyre Capacity
Production capacity at Bridgestone’s Tokyo manufacturing plant will increase through the addition of new aircraft tyre products, the tyre major announced on March 21. At present the Kurume facility in Japan’s Fukuoka Prefecture is the only Bridgestone factory producing new aircraft radial tyres, however production at the Tokyo plant will commence in the second half of the year.
The recent decision to further increase capacity means total production capacity of aircraft radials will be two and a half times the current level. Total investment earmarked for this project is around 2.5 billion yen (£12.5 million). When in production the Tokyo plant, along with that in Kurume, will complement Bridgestone’s aircraft tyre retreading facilities in North America, Europe, Asia and Japan.