Bridgestone EMIA resuming manufacturing
Bridgestone EMIA has announced that it is gradually resuming manufacturing operations across its network in response to “business and customer needs”.
As of today (14.04.20), production has resumed in all plants located in Spain (Burgos, Bilbao and Puente San Miguel) and Russia (Ulyanovsk). The passenger tyre plant in Bari (Italy) and retreading facility in Lanklaar (Belgium) are anticipated to restart later this month. Factories in India, South Africa and France will remain closed for the time being.
Production facilities in Poland (Poznan and Stargard) and Hungary (Tatabanya) have remained operational throughout this period, but running at reduced capacity.
The restart plans reflect the demand trend seen in several of Bridgestone EMIA’s market segments, including OEM passenger tyres and the commercial sector – which has been less severely affected by the economic downturn. Bridgestone EMIA continues to work closely with its customers and suppliers to ensure adequate supply, while closely monitoring fluctuation in demand.
“The health and safety of employees remains the most important priority. Therefore, Bridgestone is taking the appropriate preventive measures in accordance with its protocols for the prevention of occupational hazards, and strictly following the guidance and recommendations of the health authorities to ensure social distancing and adequate protection of its workforce. In addition, thorough procedures and checklists to ensure safety in the workplace have been put in place before resuming or expanding activities”, company representatives said in a statement.