Slogan: Passion for Excellence
Apparently Shojiro Ishibashi was a very ambitious person. Not without reason, after all, when founding a company for the production of tires and other rubber products, he gave it a name that is ideal for entering the international market. But he did not become philosophic at the same time, but simply translated his last name into English: "ishi" – stone ("a rock"), bashi – bridge ("bridge").
And it all started on March 1, 1931, when a new company appeared in the Japanese town of Kurume, in Fukuoka Prefecture (Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan), Bridgestone Tire Co., Ltd. Thanks to diligence, hard work and constant research, she quickly manages to enter the international market.
The Second World War brought many orders from the military. She also brought the devastation caused by the defeat. But the company survived, albeit with great difficulty. And again she entered the world stage.
Thanks to relentless research, it has always been possible to stay afloat. Even during the oil crisis in the 70s of the last century, when the Japanese economy was in a state of stagnation.
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Today, the so-called Bridgestone Group In addition to the parent company, it also includes several subsidiaries. Such, for example, as Bridgestone Cycle Co., Ltd.that manufactures bicycles (brands Anchor и Bridgestone). In 1988, the company was acquired Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, which was going through hard times, as a result of the scandal associated with defective products. This deal allowed Bridgestone become one of the largest tire manufacturers in the world.
In 2005, there was a takeover of the manufacturer of rubber for trucks - the company Bandag. Are part of Bridgestone Group and other companies, to some extent connected with the production of rubber products and their sale. For example tire distribution Bridgestone operates a chain of retail stores field position, a Bridgestone Metalpha Corporation deals exclusively with metal cord.