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Bridgestone Advances Sustainable Manufacturing

Aiken County tire plant is the 1st U.S. tire facility to earn the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification.

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Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) announced that its Aiken County Passenger/Light Truck Radial tire plant is the first tire manufacturing facility in America to earn the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS recognition for its transparency and traceability of sustainable raw materials including bio, bio-circular and circular-based material to replace synthetic rubber, as the company’s continues its drive toward tires made from 100-percent sustainable materials by 2050.

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Bridgestone’s Aiken County Passenger/Light Truck Radial tire plant is the first tire manufacturing facility in America to earn the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS recognition.

“Step by step, we are working to overcome the technological and market barriers to fully sustainable and renewable tires made with bio-sourced and recycled materials,” said Nizar Trigui, chief technology officer and group president, Bridgestone Americas. “This ISCC PLUS certification for our Aiken County Plant is an important mile marker in our journey to become a leading sustainable solutions company.”

In 2021, Bridgestone announced the manufacturing process at the Aiken County facility would be directly powered by its first ground-based solar array. The facility is powered by approximately 8 acres of solar panels that generate enough electricity to power more than 200 homes annually, while also reducing 1,400 metric tons of CO2 emissions each year. 

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The 2.78 million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Graniteville, South Carolina, employs more than 1,740 Bridgestone teammates, and began production of passenger and light truck radial tires in 1997. Tires produced at this plant equip standard passenger vehicles and light trucks for original equipment and retail.

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