TOKYO (Nov. 28, 2000)—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.
It 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—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.