IndyCar Firestone from a new facility in Akron, Ohio. – Motorsports

The Advanced Tire Production Center (ATPC) is home to 60 professional tire manufacturers and specialists and is Akron’s first new tire factory in over 70 years.

The new ATPC continues the legacy of tire manufacturing at Akron, which began with the founding of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in 1900, at the Bridgestone America Technology Center, one of Bridgestone’s three major R & D centers. It’s across the street.

The 80,000 sq ft ATPC has manufacturing technology to “innovate racing tires,” but also manufactures small lots of specialized prototype tires for testing and development of both racing and on-road applications. increase.

Paolo Ferrari, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bridgestone Americas, said: “For over a century, Akron has been the place where our state-of-the-art tires have been devised, designed and manufactured, and now we are more sustainable than the world’s best engineers, technicians and master tire builders shape. We are driving this legacy in a possible production environment. The future of tires and racing. “

The new ATPC uses 60% less energy than the company’s previous race tire manufacturing facility, thanks to a more compact building footprint, insulated roof, more efficient boiler system, and LED lighting throughout the plant. To do. In addition, Bridgestone has purchased carbon offsets to cover the balance of energy use to achieve carbon-neutral operation in ATPC, supporting the company’s global goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050. increase.

ATPC is part of a series of investments that Bridgestone has invested in the Akron business. In November 2021, the company announced a $ 6 million investment in a new test truck adjacent to ATPC to support the testing and development of passenger car tires, which is expected to be completed this fall.

The grand opening was attended by Akron Mayor Daniel Holigan, Summit County executive Ilene Shapiro, Ohio State Representative Emilia Sykes, and Mario Andretti.

“I would like to thank Bridgestone for its continued commitment to the city of Akron,” said Holrigan. “Acron’s history is undoubtedly intertwined with Bridgestone’s history and we are honored to help open a new Advanced Tire Manufacturing Center here. We look forward to Bridgestone’s continued success at Akron. “

Today, Firestone The only tire supplier in the Indy Lights series starting in 2023And those tires are also manufactured by ATPC.

Mario Andretti, a new Firestone facility in Akron, Ohio

Photo: Firestone

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IndyCar Firestone from a new facility in Akron, Ohio. IndyCar Firestone from a new facility in Akron, Ohio.

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