TOKYO (Nov. 27)—Bridgestone Corp. has completed work on a $65 million addition to its Tokyo technical center, and technicians started work at the 366,000-sq.-ft. complex in early November. The new eight-story technical center building, located in the Tokyo suburb of Kodaira, complements two existing technical center buildings built in 1962 and 1972. The new facility was deemed necessary to accommodate the center´s growing role in developing tires and other products for worldwide markets, Bridgestone said. Work on the earthquake-proof structure—it is built on 61 Bridgestone multirubber bearings—began in March 1998. Plans call for adding a museum in spring 2001, where exhibits will trace Bridgestone´s history and acquaint visitors with tire technology, the company said.
Bridgestone opens new Tokyo technical center
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