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Bridgestone to realign steel cord wire production in Japan

Bridgestone Corp. announced that as part of a realignment plan for its operations in Japan, the company plans to close its Kuroiso plant, which makes steel cord, hose wire and bead wire, and consolidate that production at its Saga plant. The consolidation process has begun and the Kurioiso plant, which has 355 employees, is expected to be closed in late September 2014.

At the company's website, Bridgestone Corp. notes that it is consolidating the production at its Saga plant to enhance efficiencies and strengthen its global competitiveness. The 42-year-old Kuroiso facility had been rated as having daily capacity of 135 metric tons of steel cord, 18 tons of hose wire and 85 tons off bead wire. It said that efforts had been made to increase the effectiveness of the Kuroiso plant. "However, due to intense competition in the steel cord production industry and ongoing competitiveness issues at the plant, the decision was made to close the Kuroiso facility and consolidate production to the Saga Plant."

Per the report, the Saga plant, which has 539 employees, has daily capacities as 263 tons of steel cord, and 2 tons of cable bead wire. It did not say what it expects the plant's capacities to be after the consolidation."

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