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    How are your Bridgestones?

    Bridgestone users might want to get in quick if their tyres age looking a bit light on for tread:

    Fire raging at Bridgestone tire plant in Japan

    Reuters / September 08, 2003


    KUROISO, Japan (Reuters) -- A huge fire at a tire plant owned by Bridgestone Corp. in north-eastern Japan was burning fiercely eight hours after it broke out on Monday, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes.
    "The fire is still raging through the factory complex," a fire department official said.
    There were no injuries, but more than 80 fire engines were on the scene trying to bring the blaze under control.
    "It's a very big fire and there's a lot of black smoke," another fire department official said.
    Of the 5,000 people urged to evacuate, 250 took shelter at a nearby junior high school gymnasium.
    A spokeswoman at Bridgestone, Japan's largest tyre maker, said it was unclear when production could resume at the plant, the company's main tyre-making facility in Japan.
    She declined to disclose the plant's normal output or identify its customers. The company said the fire broke out in the plant's rubber mixing area.
    Bridgestone is the second big Japanese company in a week to be hit by a major fire. Production at the nation's largest steel maker, Nippon Steel Corp., was suspended last Wednesday after an explosion and fire at its Nagoya plant.
    The Nagoya mill supplies steel sheets to some of Japan's top auto makers, including Toyota Motor and Honda Motor, and threatened to disrupt production at the car makers.
    Nippon Steel said on Monday it hoped to restore 90 percent of the plant's production by the end of the month.
    The Bridgestone plant, which makes tires for cars, trucks and buses, is one of nine the company operates in Japan.
    It also operates 37 plants outside Japan, and analysts said the fire was unlikely to have a huge impact on group operations.
    "We don't know the extent of the fire yet -- whether it will result in the loss of one or two days' production or whether the whole plant will be lost, but at the moment I am not too worried," said analyst Masataka Kunugimoto at Nomura Securities.
    "I estimate that the plant accounts for roughly three to four percent of Bridgestone's annual group tyre output," he said.

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