The company's history began in 1925, when the founder of Shojiro Ishibashi founded a small business in distant Japan, dealing exclusively with the production of tabi, a traditional Japanese footwear. Soon, however, tyre research was begun, and in 1930 the first tyre was manufactured. Shortly after that, in 1931, the well-known shoe manufacturer became Bridgestone, the tyre manufacturer.
The road to Bridgestone high-performance tyres has been paved
From 1931, Bridgestone became one of the world's leading tyre manufacturers and opened up numerous markets during this period. Although the core business mainly included automotive tyres, Bridgestone also produced automotive parts made of plastic and rubber, but also sports and leisure products. Bridgestone also achieved phenomenal success in these sectors. In the 1950s Bridgestone finally grew to Japan's largest tyre manufacturer and soon supplied tyres to the whole world. The rapid growth in the automotive industry had a very positive effect on the business of Bridgestone, and the company continued to grow. Numerous new developments were then on the program of the manufacturer, and so, new revolutionary technologies were presented to the public. In the further history, Bridgestone merged with a well-known tyre manufacturer in the USA, consolidating its position on the world market even further.
New technologies for Bridgestone tyres
Again and again, Bridgestone brought forward innovations and theories that made the tyre world astonish. For example, the roll optimisation theory (RCOT) or the stress optimisation theory for truck and bus tyres. The hard work in development and research has finally been rewarded when Bridgestone exclusively manufactured the tyre for the fastest car of its time, the Porsche 959. This underscores the competence of this manufacturer and shows impressively the development of the company. From then on, the tyre manufacturer was an integral part of motor racing, and many Formula 1 racing teams also trusted in the quality of their developments. But also for the freight traffic, Bridgestone has always developed excellent tyres. By working with Continental, the revolutionary Run-flat technology, which was unique until then, developed.
Bridgestone summer- and winter tyres of the top class
Bridgestone's most outstanding products are probably the tyres from the Potenza and Turanza ranges, which are used by many customers around the world.
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