Bridgestone is a Japanese multinational manufacturer specialized in the production of auto and truck parts founded by Shojiro Ishibashi in 1931 with headquarters in Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan. The name Bridgestone comes from a calque translation and transposition of "Ishibashi", which means "stone bridge" in Japanese.
Some notable events of Bridgestone which marked the tire industry were:
In 1962 Bridgestone announced the successful development of Steel Rib tires, Japan's first steel radials for truck and bus use.
1964- Year when Bridgestone develops Japan's first passenger vehicle radials.
In 1982 Bridgestone introduced the first winter tire- Winter Radial 708 Studless.
Since 2017, Bridgestone is the largest tire manufacturer in the world, followed by French brand Michelin, American Goodyear, German Continental, and Italian Pirelli. Nowadays, Bridgestone Group has over 180 production facilities in 24 countries.
Bridgestone standing out with their technologies and innovations used in the tire industry:
Run-Flat Technology. Bridgestone run-flat tires come to offer the drivers trust and safety on the road. With these models, you can drive up to 50 miles at 50 mph.
NanoPro-Tech. Using this technology, Bridgestone facilitates maximum use of the benefits of silica, offering the tire performance improvement.
ULTIMAT EYE is used in simulation and measurement supporting Bridgestone’s tire developments.
Air Free Concept technology. Due to the unique structure of spokes stretching along the inner sides of tires.
For passenger cars the Bridgestone has six categories of tires:
Potenza (Performance): S-04 POLE POSITION, RE980AS.
DriveGuard (Peace of Mind): DRIVEGUARD.
Turanza (Quiet Ride): TURANZA QUIETTRACK, TURANZA SERENITY PLUS.
Ecopia (Fuel Efficiency): ECOPIA H/L 422 PLUS, ECOPIA EP422 PLUS.
Dueler (Off-Road Traction): DUELER H/L ALENZA PLUS, DUELER A/T REVO 3.
Blizzak (Winter Traction): BLIZZAK WS80.
The most outstanding truck and bus tires from Bridgestone are the following models: R284 ECOPIA, M710 ECOPIA, M870, and R123 ECOPIA.