TOKYO – Sticking to a schedule announced last autumn, Bridgestone Corp. in January will unveil its most advanced tire-manufacturing system at the company’s Hikone plant in Shiga prefecture. The system, known as BIRD for “Bridgestone Innovative and Rational Development,” completely automates tire-making from component production to inspection, substantially reducing inventories and waste in all stages of the manufacturing process. Management believes the system is the most advanced in the ...

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