TOKYO -- Bridgestone Corp. said Wednesday that it would restart production at a domestic tire plant that had been struck by fire, adding that the incident would have only a minimal impact on its earnings.
Bridgestone had halted all work at the Amagi plant in southern Japan -- the country's biggest tire plant -- after a fire broke out Friday in one of the rubber-mixing areas, causing injuries to six employees.
All lines at the factory, which manufactures tires for trucks and buses, will restart Wednesday except for the two rubber-mixing machines that were directly hit by the fire.
The plant usually operates 24 hours a day and has daily output capacity of 12,000 tires, with 90 percent for export.
Bridgestone said it would aim to minimize any supply shortage by using its stockpile and supplies from other factories.
It has yet to recover fully from a fire that burned for two days last September at another domestic plant and forced the closing of rubber-mixing facilities.
That fire shaved $91.13 million off Bridgestone's pretax profit in 2003.