TOKYO (March 15, 2011)— Bridgestone Corp. has restarted production at at least one of its plans in Japan affected by the March 11 earthquake after verifying the facility´s safety and accounting for the employees' welfare.
The company said it continues to work to verify the remaining plants' ability to restart production taking into consideration electricity restriction and other issues. None of the plants sustained “critical” damage, Bridgestone said.
Of the plants affected by the March 11 earthquake, Bridgestone said its Yokohama, Japan, industrial products plant has restarted particial production, but its tire factories in Tochigi, Nasu, Kuroiso and Tokyo are still undergoing safety inspections.
Other plants outside the areas that suffered earthquake damage have restarted production after safety inspections, the company said.