TOKYO - Bridgestone Corp., Japan's top tire maker, said it would restart production at a fire-hit domestic tire plant on Wednesday, 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 last 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 on Wednesday except for the two rubber-mixing machines that were directly hit by the fire.
The plant is usually operational 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 utilizing 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 closure of rubber-mixing facilities.
That fire shaved 10 billion yen ($91.13 million) off Bridgestone's pre-tax profit in 2003.