GENERAL HYDROGEN ANNOUNCES PROJECT WITH TIRE GIANT BRIDGESTONE IN THE US
RICHMOND, British Columbia, October 31, 2005 – General Hydrogen Corporation, a leader in
fuel cell battery replacement technology, announced today that it has received an order from
Bridgestone/Firestone Tire Company’s Warren County manufacturing plant in Tennessee.
Delivery is scheduled for January 2006.
“We are very pleased to receive this very important order that allows us to showcase our
technology in a world class company at a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility,” said Frank
Trotter, President and CEO of General Hydrogen. “Bridgestone/Firestone has seen the
operational and environmental benefits realized from this progressive technology and shown an
industry leading initiative to further fuel cells’ commercial entry into the market place through
their efforts with General Hydrogen.”
“Our hydrogen-powered Hydricity Pack®, utilizing Ballard fuel cells, have shown excellent
performance as a replacement for conventional lead-acid batteries and yield surprisingly short
payback periods. These Packs will be used in material handling vehicles within the plant as part
of the production process.”
“The material handling market, worldwide, employs hundreds of thousands of forklifts and
specialty vehicles powered by conventional batteries which have, on average, less than half the
operating time, before recharging, of our Hydricity Packs. Our technology can dramatically lower
equipment operating costs and improve productivity,” said Trotter.
The Bridgestone/Firestone plant in Warren County produces truck and bus tires. The parent
company, Bridgestone Corporation, is headquartered in Tokyo and is the world’s largest tire and
In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of applications, it manufactures a broad range of
diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods.
Its products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world.
General Hydrogen is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, near Vancouver. It is a
private Delaware-registered company started six years ago by Dr. Geoffrey Ballard and Paul
Howard, the original founders of Ballard Power Systems. General Hydrogen develops and is
commercializing fuel cell systems and hydrogen fueling solutions for industrial vehicles and
other off-road equipment.
Source: General Hydrogen
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