The Bridgestone plant in Basauri has received important backing from its Japanese parent company, which recently announced that it will inject a total of 47 million euros in the next five years to increase its level of automation.
This news is part of the Japanese company’s strategic plan, which envisages that the Basauri plant will produce 50% more in 2018 than it did in 2013, while at the same time reducing production costs by almost 39%.
The management at the Bizkaia factory considers that the signing of the 2013-2015 collective agreement, together with the energy cost reduction measures being implemented, have been decisive in the decision to make the agreed investments.
The Basauri plant specialises in the production of lorry and bus tyres, and has a workforce of around 1,000 people. According to statements made by plant manager Gorka Díez to El Economista, during the APD National Congress of Executives, the flexibility measures introduced since 2013 will enable employment to be maintained, costs reduced by 38.8% and production increased by 50%.