Bridgestone Opens Carbon Black Plant in Mexico
On October 17, Mexico Carbon Manufacturing SA DE CV (MXCB), a wholly owned member of the Bridgestone Group, officially opened its new carbon black production facility in Altamira, Mexico. Output from the new plant, which is forecast to be approximately 35,000 tons per annum, will be supplied to Bridgestone’s tyre factories in North America as well as Central and South America.
The MXCB operated 430,000 square metre facility, which employs around 100 workers, is the Bridgestone Group’s third plant dedicated to the production and supply of carbon black. The other two are located in Japan and Thailand.
Bridgestone claims to hold a group management goal of establishing itself as the ‘undisputed world number one tyre and rubber company both in name and reality’, and to this end the company is working to enhance competitiveness throughout the entire supply chain. By making the most effective use of internally manufactured raw materials and equipment, Bridgestone says it is able to develop and produce high-quality tyres while ensuring stable costs and supply over the long term. Going forward, the Bridgestone Group states it will continue aiming for optimum raw material procurement by combining internal manufacture with procurement from external suppliers.