TOKYO (Aug. 30, 2004) — Production reportedly has resumed at Bridgestone Corp.'s truck and bus tire plant in Amagi, Japan.
A fire broke out in the plant Aug. 20 and was extinguished that day. Thirteen people suffered injuries, including burns and smoke inhalation, according to a Bridgestone statement. The cause of the fire or its damage were not immediately known.
Local media said the tire maker resumed production Aug. 25, though the company did not issue a formal statement.
Bridgestone dealt with another fire last year at its Tochigi plant.
“In spite of devising effective disaster prevention schemes traditionally and also re-ensuring in response to the fire at Tochigi plant, I do apologize anew for causing this situation again,” said Chairman and CEO Shigeo Watanabe in the statement. “I will work to devise effective disaster prevention schemes anew across the board, while the cause of the fire is now under investigation.”
The 4.07-million-sq.-ft. Amagi plant produces truck and bus radial tires with 746 employees. Capacity is listed as 12,000 units a day.