About Bridgestone Tyres

A brief history

The Bridgestone Tire Co. Ltd. was established in 1931. The name ‘Bridgestone’ is the English translation of founder, Shojiro Ishibashi’s surname. Naming his company in such a way was in anticipation of the future potential of passenger cars and the international development of the business.

In line with the growth of the Japanese motor industry, The Bridgestone Group expanded its business to become Japan's largest tyre manufacturer and its expansion continued overseas. In 1988, the company acquired The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, a well-respected global corporation.

This acquisition turned Bridgestone into one of the largest tyre and rubber companies in the world, creating a global team that are dedicated to serving customers with the highest level of quality, service and technology.

Bridgestone’s dates of historical significance

  • 1931: The Bridgestone Tire Company Ltd was founded by Shojiro Ishibashi
  • 1951: Bridgestone was the first company in Japan to begin selling rayon cord tires
  • 1953: Sales surpass 10 billion yen placing Bridgestone top of Japan’s tyre industry
  • 1959: Bridgestone began selling nylon tyres
  • 1960: Construction of new Tokyo plant to meet demands of expanding motor industry
  • 1961: Bridgestone was listed on the stock exchange
  • 1962: New Technical Centre built at Tokyo plant and research and development system established
  • 1965: First overseas plant since the end of the war was opened in Singapore
  • 1967: Establishment of Bridgestone Tire Company of America and sale of the first passenger-vehicle radial tyre, the RD-10
  • 1979: The company released the high-performance POTENZA radial tire
  • 1980: Bridgestone purchased a plant for manufacturing tyres and diversified products in Australia.
  • 1988: Bridgestone acquired The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
  • 1998: Formula 1 Team racing on Bridgestone Tyres wins the championship
  • 2001: Bridgestone global family adopts new corporate philosophy focused on building “Trust. And Pride”
  • 2007: Bridgestone acquired Bandag Incorporated, a tire re-treader based in the United States