KITAKYUSHU (Kyodo) Bridgestone Corp. held an opening ceremony Tuesday for a new radial tire factory here, its first domestic production facility since one was built in Hofu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, 33 years ago.

The new plant began turning out large radial tires for construction and mining vehicles abroad in June instead of the initial opening date in September because of robust overseas demand, according to the company. The formal opening ceremony took place Tuesday.

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