Knowledge Identifier: &Bridgestone



Multinational auto and truck parts manufacturer founded in 1931 by add

Category: Business (21)

Founded in 1931.

Countries: (31%), Japan (22%), United States (20%)

Main connections: Michelin, Bridgestone Golf, Formula One

Linked to: Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Yamaha Motor Company, Asia Times




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One year later on March 1, 1931, the founder, Shojiro Ishibashi, made the "Tabi" Socks Tyre Division independent and established the Bridgestone Tire Co., Ltd. in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture add something


Bridgestone has been producing golf-related products since 1935 add something


Bridgestone Australia began as the SA Rubber Mills in 1939 add something


The Bridgestone Cycle Co Ltd originated in 1949 add something


In 1951, Bridgestone was the first company in Japan to begin selling rayon cord tires, and a five-year project to modernize production facilities was started add something


Sales surpassed ten billion yen in 1953, placing Bridgestone at the top of the tire industry in Japan, and celebrations were held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the company's foundation in Kurume add something


The sale of nylon tires was started in 1959, and work forged ahead with the construction of the new Tokyo plant, which was opened in 1960, in order to cope with the fast-expanding market for motorization add something


The 1960s for Bridgestone was an era of overseas expansion that included the establishment of Bridgestone America in the United States in 1967 to act as Bridgestone's USA representative sales branch add something


The company issued shares and was listed on the stock exchange in 1961, and moved across to a new system of administration with Shojiro Ishibashi as the chairman, and Kanichiro Ishibashi as the president add something


Also, additions were built onto the Tokyo plant in 1962 to house the new Technical Centre, and a progressive system of research and development was established add something


Bridgestone's first overseas plant since the end of the war was opened in Singapore in 1965, and production was commenced in Thailand in 1969 add something


On the product front, 1967 saw the sale of the first ever radial tire, the RD10 add something


As part of the transition across to administrative reform, the Deming Plan in honour of W. Edwards Deming, which involves overall quality control activities, was adopted, and the company was awarded the prestigious Deming Prize in 1968 add something


Bridgestone EU has its head office in Brussels, Belgium, and was set up in 1972 add something


Design and production of golf clubs followed in 1972 add something


Bridgestone has supplied tires in Formula One since , although the company one-off produced Formula One tires at the 1976 and 1977 Japanese Grand Prix for Japanese entrants such as Kazuyoshi Hoshino's Heros Racing and Kojima add something


In addition to starting up production in Indonesia and Iran in 1976, it invested in a Taiwan tire manufacturer and purchased a tire plant and a plant for diversified products in Australia in 1980 add something


The founder, Shojiro Ishibashi, died on September 11, 1976 add something


Its Super Filler Radial was placed on the market in 1978, and in 1979 the company introduced the high-performance POTENZA radial tire, from an Italian word for power add something


Bridgestone started to invest in motorsport in the 1980s by developing race tires for feeder series like Formula 2, Formula 3, Formula Ford, Formula Opel Lotus and karting add something


In 1980 Bridgestone took over the Australian plants which were at that time operated by the Uniroyal Tire Company add something


In the 1980s and 1990s, Bridgestone provided tires to the Le Mans sport prototypes of teams Nismo and TOM's, backed by Japanese automobile manufacturers Nissan and Toyota respectively add something


United States Rubber Company - By 1980, Uniroyal owned sixty percent of what was now Uniroyal Brazil which it sold to Bridgestone


Michelin - Uniroyal Australia had already been bought by Bridgestone in 1980


From the purchase in 1981, The Australian operations of Bridgestone have been run as a publicly listed company on the Australian Stock exchange add something


On March 1, 1981, the company celebrated its 50th anniversary add something


As part of reinforcement plans, the company purchased a plant in Tennessee from the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, its first manufacturing plant in North America, and started the production of radial tires for trucks and buses in 1983 add something


The company changed the name from Bridgestone Tyre Co., Ltd. to Bridgestone Corporation in 1984 add something


In 1988, Bridgestone purchased the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company add something


In May 1988, a take-over bid of America's No.2 tire manufacturer Firestone Tire and Rubber Company was successful, and Firestone was placed under the Bridgestone umbrella as a subsidiary company add something


In the early 1990s, Bridgestone expanded to Mercedes-AMG, which entered the DTM and later Le Mans and the FIA GT Championship add something


The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and Bridgestone Tire Company Ltd USA were amalgamated in 1990 and became "Bridgestone Firestone North American Holdings Ltd" add something


Grahame Bond - In 1990, Bond opened his own advertising agency, Bond Strohfeldt, with clients including Daihatsu, Bridgestone, Virgin and Disney


Placing considerable financial and personnel resources into rebuilding Firestone after the purchase, Bridgestone achieved surplus annual profits for the year 1992 with BFE and again in 1993 with BFS add something


In order to increase the Firestone subsidiary's brand awareness, "Bridgestone Firestone NAH Ltd", re-entered the Firestone brand into CART IndyCar open-wheel racing in 1995 to challenge Goodyear add something


The Japanese company decided to supply tires for Formula One in 1995, backed-up by the CEO Yoichiro Kaizaki, aiming to improve Bridgestone's name value in the European market which was greatly inferior compared with their archrivals, Michelin add something


The first title was acquired right away in the second year, 1998 by Mika Häkkinen and McLaren-Mercedes add something


Though it was scheduled to enter the championship in the 1998 season at first, this was brought forward to because the engineering section led by Hirohide Hamashima had quickly advanced development add something


The tires proved better and Goodyear retired for 2000 add something


In 2002 Bridgestone Australia Ltd purchased the BANDAG Retreading plant and its operations in Australia add something


In 2002, Bridgestone entered the Grand Prix motorcycle racing's main class MotoGP add something


Pramac Racing - In 2003 the team used the & Honda RC211V with Makoto Tamada it was the only Honda team to use Bridgestone tyres


American Championship car racing - The rights to CART's assets were purchased by a consortium called Open Wheel Racing Series in 2004 and the series was renamed the Champ Car Open Wheel Racing Series, later renaming it to Champ Car World Series LLC. However, the sanctioning body continued to be plagued by financial difficulties, In 2007, CCWS's presenting sponsors Bridgestone and Ford Motor Company withdrew and CCWS lacked the resources to mount the 2008 season


AAA National Championship - The rights to CART's assets were purchased by a consortium called Open Wheel Racing Series in 2004 and the series was renamed the Champ Car Open Wheel Racing Series, later renaming it to Champ Car World Series LLC. However, the sanctioning body continued to be plagued by financial difficulties, In 2007, CCWS's presenting sponsors Bridgestone and Ford Motor Company withdrew and CCWS lacked the resources to mount the 2008 season


Production facilities belonging to the Bridgestone Group number 141 in twenty-four countries, as of the end of 2005 add something


Loris Capirossi - He stayed in the team for the 2005 season, which saw him become competitive by the end of the year, aided by improving Bridgestone tyres


Ducati Corse - In the 2005 season, Bayliss was replaced by the Spanish rider Carlos Checa and Ducati switched tyres suppliers to Bridgestone


Scuderia Ferrari - The poor relative performance of the team's Bridgestone tyres was cited as a reason for Ferrari's lack of performance in 2005


Michelin - This gave Michelin a second consecutive Constructors' Championship win, with the 2005 and 2006, after Bridgestone's seven-year winning streak, and brought to a total of four the number of wins for Michelin since this event's inception back in the 1958 Formula One season; Michelin's other wins were in the 1979, and 1984 seasons


However, because Michelin chose to conclude its Formula One tire programme at the end of the 2006 season, all teams used Bridgestone tires from the 2007 season to the 2010 Formula One season add something


In 2006 Bridgestone purchased Bandag Incorporated, which is now a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation add something


Shinya Nakano - In 2006 Nakano was able to produce strong qualifying runs but less competitive races, a trait of the Bridgestone tyres


Super Aguri F1 - In 2006, the cars were powered by Honda engines , and used Bridgestone tyres


Mike Gascoyne - The early stages of the 2006 season proved to be average, with the team struggling with the late switch to Bridgestone tyres and the new V8 engines


WGC-Bridgestone Invitational - The tournament changed sponsorship in 2006, with Bridgestone taking over from &NEC (NEC_Corporation) as title sponsor


Toyota Racing - Toyota retained the same driver lineup for 2006, although it switched to Bridgestone tyres


Bridgestone America's Holdings announced in May 2006 that it would be moving its Miami, Florida aviation operation to its new facility located in Mayodan, North Carolina, this move is expected to be completed by mid-2007 and will create approximately 95 new jobs add something


On December 5, 2006, Bridgestone Americas and Bandag Inc. announced a merger agreement whereby Bridgestone would acquire Muscatine, Iowa based Bandag, Inc., a leading truck tire re-treader that was founded in 1957 and had over 900 franchised dealers worldwide at the time add something


Grand Prix motorcycle racing - & Bridgestone had dominated in 2007 and & Michelin riders Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Dani Pedrosa, and Colin Edwards all acknowledged shortcomings in Michelin's race tyres relative to Bridgestone


Formula One - And the tyre war ended, as Bridgestone became the sole tyre supplier to Formula One for the 2007 season


Kawasaki Motors Racing - The team used the new 800cc Ninja ZX-RR and Bridgestone tyres in 2007


United States Rubber Company - On 20 March 2007 stockholders of & Bridgestone Australia Ltd. voted to make the company a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation of Japan


Following the cancellation on Friday, May 11, 2007, of all shares held by minority shareholders, Bridgestone Australia Ltd. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation of Japan add something


Bridgestone Australia Ltd was delisted from the ASX on May 30, 2007 add something


Nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi is currently 'Bridgestone Tyre Adviser' having won two MotoGP titles on Bridgestone tyres in 2008 and 2009 add something


Shinya Nakano - Bringing experience with Bridgestone tyres and Honda bikes, he had a solid if unspectacular season, scoring more points in the first half of 2008 than in the whole of 2007


Brawn GP - The sponsors that were still with the Honda team at the end of the 2008 season, including Bridgestone, stayed on as sponsors for the start of the 2009 season


The 2008 competition was officially launched on February 1, 2008 with the deadline for entries at 12,00 GMT on March 31, 2008 add something


As of 2009, Bridgestone has not held further editions of the eReporter competition add something


Since 2009, it is the single tire supplier of the championship and reached the milestone of 100 MotoGP victories in 2012 add something


Grand Prix motorcycle racing - For 2009, 2010 and 2011, a 'spec' tyre supplier, Bridgestone, was appointed by the FIM


Moulton Bicycle - Links to the Bridgestone Moulton page have not appeared on the company's website since February 2009; the page remains


On November 2, 2009 Bridgestone announced that they will not be renewing their contract to supply tires to Formula One teams after 2010 add something


In November, 2010, corporate headquarters were moved to Nashville add something


Nick Heidfeld - Heidfeld tested a Toyota TF109 car fitted with Pirelli tyres on a number of occasions in 2010, ahead of the firm's replacement of Bridgestone as the sport's sole tyre supplier in


Pirelli announced in June 2010 that it would serve as sole supplier for tires in the 2011 season add something


In May, 2011, the unit was renamed Bridgestone Commercial Services Group, eliminating the name "Bandag add something


Bridgestone Golf - Since January 2011 Davis Love III, 1997 PGA Championship winner, is playing Bridgestone equipment after many years with Titleist


As of 1 April 2011, Bridgestone has 47 tire plants, 29 tire-related plants, 19 raw materials plants, 89 diversified product plants, 4 technical centers, and 11 proving grounds globally add something


In May of 2014, Bridgestone announced they would leave Moto GP at the end of the 2015 season add something


In May 2014, Bridgestone announced they would leave Moto GP at the end of the 2015 season add something


In 2015, Bridgestone Americas Inc. signed a deal giving its dealers the option to install digital air calibration machines from Excel Tire Gauge Inc. in their stores add something


Michelin - Michelin have confirmed their return to MotoGP as of the 2016 season as official tire supplier after Bridgestone's withdrawal from the series at the end of the 2015 season


Bridgestone Golf - In April 2016 Bryson DeChambeau was added to Bridgestone's lineup of Tour players


The event will debut in November 2016 add something


Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company - As of 2017, Goodyear is one of the top four tire manufacturers along with Bridgestone , Michelin and Continental


The event will debut in November 2017 add something


Bridgestone Golf - Bridgestone balls won three of the four FedEx Cup Playoff events in 2018


Bridgestone Golf - In 2018, Bridgestone Golf had more wins per tour team member than any other golf ball company


Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company - In 2018, Goodyear and Bridgestone announced the creation of TireHub, a joint wholesale distribution network across the United States


Tokai Carbon - In June 2018 Tokai announced the acquisition of "'Sid Richardson Carbon"', the largest manufacturer of furnace black in the US. Sid Richardson counts Bridgestone, &Michelin, Goodyear and Continental AG among its customers


Bridgestone Group had 181 production facilities in 24 countries as of July 2018 add something


Bridgestone Golf - Golf - Leading up to 2019, Bridgestone used this database to develop their new e12 Soft and e12 Speed golf balls