News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

April 15, 2020

Cooper restarts Mexico tire plant

Filed under: Coronavirus/COVID-19, General, Rubber, Tires — Notch @ 9:43 pm

Tire Business (subscription required) reports that Cooper Tire & Rubber planned to restart its plant in El Salto, Mexico on April 13. Cooper’s tire plants in the US will remain closed through at least April 24. The plants in both Mexico and the US were idled on March 21. Cooper’s plants in Europe also are idle, but plants in China have reopened. Cooper said it is taking necessary steps to ensure worker safety at the El Salto factory, including social distancing, additional cleaning and disinfecting of equipment and facilities, and restricting visitor access.

Bridgestone Russia, Spain tire plants to reopen

Filed under: Coronavirus/COVID-19, General, Tires — Notch @ 10:51 am

Bridgestone facilities in Burgos, Bilbao and Puente San Miguel, Spain and Ulyanovsk, Russia have resumed full production after being idled on March 23 by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Rubber News (subscription required.)

Bridgestone factories in Bari, Italy and Lanklaar Belgium are scheduled to restart later this month.  Plants in Poznan and Stargard, Poland and Tatabanya, Hungary are running at reduced capacity.  Factories in India, South Africa and France will remain closed for now.

After suspending operations on March 21, Bridgestone Americas Inc. and North American Firestone Industrial Products and Firestone Building Products factories restarted operation on April 13.

NY Sumitomo tire plant to idle

Filed under: Coronavirus/COVID-19, General, Rubber, Tires — Notch @ 10:50 am

On April 20, Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. will idle production at its tire plant in Tonawanda, New York in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Rubber News (subscription required). SRNA plans to resume work on May 4, but will evaluate if a third week of closure is necessary.

Bridgestone North American plants set to reopen

Filed under: Coronavirus/COVID-19, General, Rubber, Tires — Notch @ 10:49 am

On April 13, Bridgestone Americas Inc. plans to reopen North American commercial tire plants, North American Firestone Industrial Products, and Firestone Building Products facilities, after suspending production due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Rubber News (subscription required.)

Bridgestone will resume operations in alignment with the latest safety CDC protocol guidance.  The company is closely monitoring volatility in demand, and is working with customers to ensure adequate supply.

North American retread rubber manufacturing plants resumed operations the week of March 29.

 

Kumho tire plant in Georgia to remain closed

Filed under: Coronavirus/COVID-19, General, Rubber, Tires — Notch @ 10:48 am

Kumho Tire USA Inc. has extended the closure of its plant in Macon, Georgia due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The company will continue to review conditions in order to determine if production should remain idled through the end of April, according to Rubber News (subscription required.)

The plant has been closed since April 1, and South Korea and Vietnam plants have been supporting US market needs.

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