March 20, 2019

Bridgestone Invests in Autonomous Tech At Canadian Plant

Bridgestone Canada has announced the construction of an automated warehouse at its Canadian passenger and light truck tyre manufacturing facility in Joliette, Québec. The company says the investment, estimated at US$45 million ($AUD63 million), will increase the company’s agility to serve the North American tyre dealers and customers.

With a maximum storage capacity of 500,000 tyres, the new building will utilise fully automated technology to store the tyres manufactured at the Joliette plant. The new facility is expected to open in early 2020.

This investment builds upon the expansion and modernisation of the Joliette plant announced in 2016. This five-year project is progressing as the factory gradually increases its daily production, targeting 20,000 tyres per day by 2020.

With its strategic location, the new warehouse will enable the company to reduce transportation costs and shorten time-to-market of its products to meet customer demands in Canada and across the northern belt of the United States.

“We continue taking important steps to better deliver the high-value-added products our customers want and need,” said Erik Seidel, president, consumer replacement tyre sales, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “The new distribution warehouse will provide more space to house tyres onsite at the Joliette plant, improving the ability to get the right tyres to the right place at the right time.”