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Bridgestone marks 15 years in Hungary with foreign minister

Japanese tyre maker Bridgestone celebrated the 15th anniversary of its local unit at the Bridgestone base in Kornye, on the outskirts of Tatabanya, in north-western Hungary.

Addressing the event, Peter Szijjarto, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, said Bridgestone’s local subsidiary used the government investment stimulus during the coronavirus crisis and “expanded capacity instead of making layoffs”.

The Hungarian subsidiary of the world’s leading tyre maker has invested some 130 billion forints (EUR 367m) since 2006 in its Tatabanya plant turning it into one of Europe’s most modern facilities, the minister said. The unit has since then turned out more than 38 million tyres, Szijjarto said, adding that it today employs 1,300 people.

Melinda Topolcsik, managing director of Bridgestone Tatabanya, said in a release marking the anniversary that the unit produces 6.5 million tyres per year and supplies them to the Mercedes, BMW, VW and Audi brands.

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