Thai Bridgestone Bandag Centre Ready for ‘Significant Growth’ in Asia
Upon announcing the opening of the latest Bridgestone Bandag Retread Center in Thailand, Bridgestone stated it anticipates the significant growth of its retreading business in Asia, and in preparation for this expansion it will begin construction of a retread materials plant in Thailand this November. The Bandag centre officially opened by Thai Bridgestone Co., Ltd. on February 25 is located at the company’s Nong Khae factory site and will, the Japanese manufacturer reports, contribute to the development of the company’s retread and solutions business in three ways; namely, through the retreading of tyres according to the Bandag process, which began on February 1; by accelerating the retread and solutions business’s development; and by conducting training for Bridgestone Bandag shop technicians employed in company owned and franchise locations. This training will include the production of retreads using the Bandag process and instruction in Bridgestone Bandag retread and solutions business method.
The 3,444 square metre Nong Khae Bridgestone Bandag plant is reportedly designed to maximise worker productivity and comfort. The facility, which employs a total of seven staff, includes a retread production line, panel display room and training room. Initial production capacity is 44 tyres per day.