Bridgestone Investing in Japanese OTR Tire Plant

Bridgestone Corporation is investing ¥10.2 billion (approx. $94.3 million) to install new equipment for certain facilities at its Shimonoseki, Japan plant, the company’s flagship production base for tires made for mining and construction vehicles (OTR tires).

Installation of the equipment is set to begin in 2022 and be completed by the end of 2025, the company says. Bridgestone says the new equipment will enhance the company’s production system in terms of safety, disaster preparedness, eco-friendliness, quality and productivity.

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Nokian Tyres Increases Production at the Finnish Factory

Nokian Tyres plc is increasing its production capacity for passenger car tires at the Finnish factory by approximately 30% by starting to run in four shifts. With this capacity increase, approximately 70 new people will be hired for passenger car tire production in Nokia, Finland.

The recruiting begins immediately and will be executed by the Nordic Agency. Production will run four shifts at the latest in the beginning of August 2021. The flexible working hours contract covering passenger car tire production in 2021 has been extended to last until the end of 2022. The contract ensures job security: during the contract period, there will be no layoffs or terminations of employment due to financial or production-related reasons.

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Nexen Tire Achieves Incredible Milestone – ½ Billion Tires Manufactured With Zero Recalls

DIAMOND BAR, Calif.Mar. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Nexen Tire America, Inc., a worldwide leader in high-performance, passenger, SUV/light truck and winter tire technology, today announced since 2000, the company has manufactured more than 500 million tires without a single recall. Nexen Tire has implemented precision tire-manufacturing guidelines throughout its four tire manufacturing plants across the globe – two in the South Korean cities of  Yangsan and Changnyeong, one in Qingdao, China, and its newest plant in Zatech, Czech Republic — ensuring all tires meet the company’s strict global manufacturing standards. 

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Continental meets target of 100% green electricity for production

A KPMG reasonable assurance report has revealed that Continental achieved its target of using 100% green electricity in its production processes in 2020. Last year, the manufacturer purchased four million MWh of green energy, and reduced its direct and indirect global COemissions by 70%, down from 3.2 million metric tons in 2019 to 0.99 million metric tons in 2020. Continental says that several forms of renewable energy were used to help reach the target, including water, sun and wind.

“Sustainable business is the future. With our ambitious goals, we are decisively pursuing the transformation to a sustainable economy,” commented Ariane Reinhart, the Continental executive board member responsible for sustainability. “We are delighted by this objective validation of our work. The result of the audit shows that we take our sustainability ambitions seriously and are meeting the targets we have set ourselves.”

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Bridgestone European facilities powered by electricity from 100% renewable sources

Bridgestone has announced that 100% of electricity at its European sites now comes from renewable sources, up from 90% in March 2020.

The company’s European R&D center and proving ground in Rome, Italy; the textile plant in Usansolo, Spain; and the PCT plant in Lanklaar and EMIA headquarters in Brussels, both in Belgium, now consume only 100% renewable energy.

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Bridgestone offers employees $100 to vaccinate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bridgestone said Wednesday it will offer its 33,000 U.S. employees $100 payments to get vaccinated against COVID-19, joining a group of large companies offering incentives for the shots.

The tire company is also exploring the possibility of similar programs for employees in Canada and Latin America, according to a news release.

Bridgestone said it is providing the payments to make it easier for employees to get vaccinated but is not requiring they be vaccinated.

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Kumho Tire to expand its plant in Vietnam with $297.6 million investment

Kumho Tire revealed this week that it would be investing around $297.6 million to expand its plant in Vietnam. This move will allow the company to double its production capacity. As per The Korea Times, the South Korean company is taking this step to increase its export capability to North America. The expansion will make sure that Kumho Tire will be able to deliver more products than it was producing before.

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Continental Names Ryal Siem New Plant Manager in Clinton

Continental, the leading technology company and premier tire manufacturer, announced the appointment of Ryal Siem as Plant Manager of Continental’s plant in Clinton, Mississippi. Siem takes over the reins from Michael Egner who will move on to a new role at Continental’s Headquarters in Hanover, Germany.

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Nexen’s Žatec factory produces first OE fitment tires

Tire manufacturer Nexen Tire has announced that its manufacturing plant in Žatec, Czech Republic, has produced its first OE tires, which will equip the Hyundai Tucson.

According to Nexen, operations at the plant have stabilized despite the current Covid-19 pandemic, and the company is looking to expand the plant’s roll in the supply of OE tires, leveraging its central European location, which gives it access to 30 car manufacturers within a 400km radius.

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Sumitomo Rubber joins Japan Hydrogen Association

Sumitomo Rubber has announced that it has joined the Japan Hydrogen Association after its membership application was approved mid-February. The Association’s aim is to promote global cooperation in every part of the hydrogen industry, alongside forming reliable supply chains for hydrogen.

Sumitomo says it is working to achieve net-zero CO2  emissions within its tire manufacturing processes by 2050, and has started to investigate the future use of hydrogen energy at its major tire factories in Japan.

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