Brisa, the Turkish subsidiary of Japanese tire maker Bridgestone, and Pirelli Turkey, a subsidiary of the Italian based tire maker, which halted production activities in their factories in the northwestern province of Kocaeli on Feb. 24, resumed manufacturing on Tuesday.

After suspending production for a week due a drop in demand resulting from the ongoing global economic crisis, the two companies restarted manufacturing on Tuesday, the head of the Kocaeli branch of the Tire-Labor Union, the Anatolian Agency reported.
Production at the Brisa and Pirelli's plants resumed with the midnight shift on Tuesday, Cakar said.
Around 2,200 workers, including 1,072 workers at Brisa Bridgestone, who had taken a leave of absence for a week, remained on the payroll, he also said.
The automotive industry, one of leading Turkey’s sectors, has shown a sharp contraction as both exports and domestic demand fell as a result of the recession in global markets.
Total automotive output in Turkey declined by 65.8 percent in January 2009 compared to the same term of 2008, while automotive exports fell nearly 60 percent to a 3-year low in the same term.