Bridgestone opened its new world-class tyres testing track and proving ground this week amid a global wide downturn in the car manufacturing industry.
The new facility, located 70 kilometres north of Bangkok, was built to serve the tyre makers subsidiaries locally and oversees.
However, an industry source, told the Bangkok Post, he worried the shrinking demand for tyres at home and abroad would affect the operation of the new proving ground.
But a Bridgestone executive believes otherwise, saying the £35,000 facilities would serve both Bridgestone and other customers, such as carmakers who want to test new vehicle models.
Thai Bridgestone Co and Bridgestone Sales Co managing director Masahiro Higashi said it aimed to increase efficiency of research and development to assist with both automobile assembly as well as tyre development for markets in Asia and the Pacific Rim.