Public (TYO: 5108)
1931 (Kurume, Fukuoka)
Shoshi Arakawa, CEO
Motor Vehicle Tires
▲ US$ 29.7 Billion (2007)
▲ US$ 2.1 Billion (2007)
▲ US$ 1.5 Billion (2007)
133,752 (As of December 31,
Kabushiki-gaisha Burijisuton) (TYO: 5108) is
a multinational rubber conglomerate founded
in 1931 by Shojiro Ishibashi (?????, Ishibashi
Shōjirō) in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka,
Japan. The name Bridgestone comes from a
calque translation and transposition of ishi-
bashi, meaning "stone bridge" in Japanese.
Bridgestone is currently ranked largest
tire manufacturer in the global tire market,
with Michelin second, Goodyear third, and
Continental fourth as of January 2009. As
of the end of 2005, production facilities be-
longing to the Bridgestone Group have in-
creased to 141 spread throughout twenty-
four nations of the world. In order to attain
this level of globalization, the company estab-
lished a new set of corporate policies in the
year 2001. In continuation of this, company’s
Brand Vision was also established in 2003.
The very first Bridgestone tire was produced
on April 9, 1930, by the Japanese "Tabi"
Socks Tire Division (actually made jika-tabi).
Head office in Tokyo.
One year later on March 1, 1931, the
founder, Shojiro Ishibashi, made the "Tabi"
Socks tire Division independent and estab-
lished the Bridgestone Tire Co., Ltd. in the
city of Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture. "Bridge-
stone" was named after the name of the
founder, Shojiro Ishibashi (Ishi = Stone,
Bashi = Bridge).
Foregoing dependence on European and
North America technology, the Bridgestone
tire Co., Ltd. set its eyes on manufacturing
tires based solely on Japanese technology.
The foundling company experienced many
difficulties in the areas of technology, pro-
duction and sales in the early days. Eventu-