Bridgestone EMIA  said several plants across its manufacturing network would slowly ramp up production in response to business and customer needs.

Production has resumed at all plants located in Spain (Burgos, Bilbao and Puente San Miguel) and Russia (Ulyanovsk).

The passenger tyre plant in Bari (Italy) and retreading facility in Lanklaar (Belgium) are anticipated to restart later this month.

But factories in India, South Africa and France will remain closed for now.

Factories in Poland (Poznan and Stargard) and Hungary (Tatabanya) have remained operational but running at reduced capacity.

The restart plans reflect the demand trend seen in several market segments including OEM passenger tyres and the commercial sector which has been less severely affected by the economic downturn.