Russia’s Mechel OAO recently signed a five-year contract for large off-road Bridgestone tires with Japan’s Marubeni Corp. during the 10th session of the Russia-Japan Inter-Government Commission on Trade and Economic Issues in Tokyo, Japan. More than 5,000 off-road tires for heavy duty dump trucks will be supplied to Mechel’s enterprises. Marubeni is one of Japan’s largest companies, which is also an authorized export dealer for Bridgestone.

“These long-term contracts will improve the efficiency of production in Mechel’s mining division, including implementation of our key project, development of Elga Coal Complex,” said Mechel OAO CEO Evgeny Mikhel.