TOKYO (March 18, 2011)—Bridgestone has started production at most of the factories affected by last week's earthquake. The only plant where production has not started is Nasu, where the restart has been rescheduled following an unsuccessful restart earlier in the week.
The company is also putting in place measures to deal with rolling power outages which are being coordinated by the power suppliers and the government.
Bridgestone said operations started at the Tochigi factory March 16; the company is expecting to begin deliveries today.
The Kuroiso plant also restarted March 16. The Tokyo plant restarted March 15, with deliveries commencing the next day.
The Nasu plant attempted a restart March 16, but some equipment emitted smoke and sparks.
To conserve power, Bridgestone is switching off lights, minimizing use of lifts and elevators, closing the Bridgestone corporate museum and has ceased using the IT systems.