Bridgestone India Private Limited has opened its second plant in Chakan, Pune. Shri. Prithviraj Chavan, Honorable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, was the chief guest at the ceremony. The plant was inaugurated by Mr Kiyoshi Asako, Consul General of Japan in Mumbai, Shri. Chavan and Mr. Kazuhisa Nishigai, the COO and Representative Board Member of Bridgestone Corporation.
The plant is the outcome of an MOU signed between Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd. and Government of Maharashtra in April 2010 for investment of Rs 2600 Cr approx. It covers an area of about 187 acres. The plant holds the capacity of manufacturing 10,000 passenger car radial tyres and 3000 radial tyres for trucks and buses per day. This will generate employment for 1800 people.
While commenting on the inaugural ceremony, Mr. Kazuhisa Nishigai said, “India is growing rapidly and it will surely continue further in the future, and has an unlimited potential. The success in India is essential and inevitable for Bridgestone to be the undisputed No. 1 Tyre and Rubber Company in the world both in name and reality.”
The first plant of Bridgestone India was established in Kheda, MP in India in 1996 and the production started in 1998. Within a span of 14 years, it has become one of the leading tyre companies in both the OEM and Replacement market spreading its wings across the nation with 2500 dealerships. The Kheda plant is spread across 76 acres of land and manufactures 15000 tyres passenger car tyres and 400 tyres for trucks and buses per day.