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A tire manufacturer based in Kyobashi, Tokyo, Japan. Founded in Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan on 1 January 1931. Bridgestone purchased the Firestone company in 1988.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class (R172) page on 6 January 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Bridgestone Corporation (株式会社ブリヂストン) is a multinational auto and truck parts manufacturer founded in 1931 by Shojiro Ishibashi (石橋正二郎) in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan. The name Bridgestone comes from a calque translation and transposition of ishibashi, meaning "stone bridge" in Japanese.

As of 2014, the company is the largest manufacturer of tires in the world, slightly ahead of Michelin.

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

Origins

The very first Bridgestone tire was produced on 9 April 1930, by the Japanese "Tabi" Socks Tyre Division (actually made jika-tabi). One year later on 1 March 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. "Bridgestone" was named after the name of the founder, Shojiro Ishibashi (Ishi = Stone, Bashi = Bridge).

Foregoing dependence on European and North American 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, production and sales in the early days. Eventually, improvements were achieved in quality and manufacturing processes which led to the business rapidly expanding on both the domestic and overseas markets.


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DateArticleAuthor/Source
2 November 2002CART FedEx Championship Series: The 500Pat Patrick
Chris Pook
Al Speyer
20 October 2005Bridgestone ist optimistisch für 2006 Wikinews
26 April 2012Bridgestone Employee Charged with Theft of Trade SecretsU.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Ohio
14 August 2012Former Bridgestone Employee Charged with Theft of Trade Secrets, Making False StatementsU.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Ohio
3 December 2012Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
2 August 2013Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
14 February 2014Bridgestone Corp. Agrees to Plead Guilty to Price Fixing on Automobile Parts Installed in U.S. CarsU.S. Attorney’s Office
15 April 2014Three Bridgestone Corp. Executives Indicted for Roles in Fixing Prices and Rigging Bids on Auto Parts Installed in U.S. CarsU.S. Attorney’s Office
16 April 2014Bridgestone Corp Executive Agrees to Plead Guilty to Fixing Prices and Rigging Bids on Auto Parts Installed in U.S. CarsU.S. Attorney’s Office
2 October 2015Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey Giuseppe)
11 December 2015Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)
28 January 2016TU-Automotive Announces IBM, Mercedes-Benz & Bridgestone To Speak At Connected Fleets Europe EventTU-Automotive
29 June 2016Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
3 July 2012Pneumatic Tire
United States Patent US 8,210,220 B2
Syu Nagai and Atsushi Miyasaka for Bridgestone Corporation

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- 1.5MB - 18 pages
3 July 2012Pneumatic Tire with Tread Having Inside and Outside Circumferential Sipes
United States Patent US 8,210,221 B2
Yukihiro Kiwaki and Ryoichi Watabe for Bridgestone Corporation

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- 827KB - 11 pages
3 July 2012Pneumatic Tire with Tread Having Isosceles Trapezoidal Block Portion Between Lug Grooves
United States Patent US 8,210,218 B2
Yoichi Nakamura and Takashi Kodama for Bridgestone Corporation

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- 1.7MB - 25 pages
20 November 2012Design for Tire Tread
United States Patent US D671,065
Kevin E. Schiefele for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC

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- 468KB - 7 pages




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