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Bridgestone expanding capacity in Brazil

Bridgestone’s Brazilian unit, Bridgestone do Brasil Industria e Comercio Ltda., will invest US$63 million to expand capacity for passenger car radial tires at its plant in Camaçari, Bahia, Brazil. The project will increase capacity by roughly 25 percent to more than 10,000 tires/day by May 2015. The expansion will focus on ultrahigh performance tires and light truck/SUV tires for both OEM and replacement markets.

This project is in addition to an expansion project on which Bridgestone Brazil broke ground last October. In that project, Bridgestone invest US$14 million to expand capacity for agricultural tires at Santo André (SP), Brazil by July 2015. The project will double capacity to 60 tires/day. With this investment, Bridgestone will add six new AGR tires in its production mix.

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