Bridgestone Announces Temporary Phased Shutdown of Plants in Japan

Tokyo (Apr 20, 2020) – Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone) today announced a temporary phased shutdown of its Plants in Japan, due to the market situation and decline in the demand.

In addition to the scheduled plant shutdown from May 3 to 6 due to public holidays in Japan, the temporary shutdown will be executed in 11 plants. The shutdown period differs per plant.

Name of Plant Location Main Products Shutdown Period
Kurume Plant Fukuoka Tires for Passenger Cars, Aircraft April 29 to May 2 and May 7 to 8 (6 operating days)
Tokyo AC Tire Plant Tokyo New and Retread Tires for Aircraft
Nasu Plant Tochigi Tires for Passenger Cars, Motorcycles
Tires for Passenger Cars
Hikone Plant Shiga Tires for Passenger Cars, Motorcycles
Tires for Passenger Cars
Tosu Plant Saga Tires for Passenger Cars
Tochigi Plant Tochigi Tires for Passenger Cars, Trucks and Buses
Amagi Plant Fukuoka Tires for Trucks and Buses
Hofu Plant Yamaguchi Tires for Passenger Cars, Off-the-road
Tires for Mining and Construction Vehicles
Kumamoto Plant* Kumamoto Rubber Tracks and Hydraulic Hose May 1 to 2 (2 operating days)
Seki Plant* Gifu Hydraulic Hose and Push Locks
Saga Plant Saga Steel Code May 1 to 2 and May 7 to 8 (4 operating days)

*Production lines other than Hydraulic Hose will remain its operation.

As the company carefully monitors the coronavirus situation, it is continuing to take action in all aspects of operations to ensure the health and safety of our employees while also addressing the needs of customers and the market.

About Bridgestone Corporation:
Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world’s largest tire and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world.