Bridgestone Americas CEO Gordon Knapp honored by Nashville Business Journal


NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Gordon Knapp, CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas, was named one of Nashville Business Journal’s 2018 Most Admired CEOs.

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Michelin, Bridgestone interested in TomTom telematics business.


It appears that Michelin and Bridgestone are interested in acquiring the TomTom Telematics business unit from Netherlands-based company TomTom. According to Dutch financial daily Het Financieele Dagblad (FD), Michelin – one of four companies vying to acquire the business – allegedly aims to add the business into its Michelin Solutions portfolio.

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Bridgestone Americas New U.S. & Canada Sales Leaders


“Rob has been influential in shaping market strategy for the OTR tire business and has played a critical role in delivering key product launches,” said Bridget Neal, President, OTR, U.S. and Canada, BATO. “His proven leadership and deep understanding of our customer base will enable us to deliver integrated products, services and technologies that meet the emerging needs of our customers.”

In her new role, Walsh will lead Firestone Ag sales strategy and execution in North America. She will oversee a portfolio of business that includes agricultural tires, tracks and integrated tire-wheel assemblies in both the OE and replacement tire channels.

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Bridgestone taps Rob Seibert, Erica Walsh for OTR, ag sales posts


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas Inc. has named Rob Seibert as executive director, OTR sales, Bridgestone Americas Tires Operations (BATO) and Erica Walsh as executive director of sales, Firestone Ag, BATO.

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Bridgestone Launches New Bandag Retread for Refuse Applications


Bridgestone Americas has launched a new Bandag BDM3 retread for refuse applications.

A next-generation retread for the drive position, the Bandag BDM3 retread is designed with a new proprietary tread compound for extended wear life, enhanced traction and cut/chip resistance compared to the Bandag BDM2 retread, Bridgestone said in a news release.

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Bridgestone profits decline, sales remain flat


Tokyo – Bridgestone Corp. has seen its operating income decline 3% to Yen290.8 billion (€2.25 billion) in the first nine months of 2018, compared to the same period the year before.

The Japanese tire and rubber company reported a 0.4% increase in net sales for the period at Yen2.67 trillion in its third quarter results published 8 Nov.

Sales in the tire division rose 1% compared to 2017 to Yen2.22 trillion, while diversified products’ sales remained flat at Yen466 billion.

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Bridgestone putting farmers in the driver’s seat


Bridgestone aims to put farmers in the driver’s seat like never before, courtesy of a new downtime-reducing tyre ordering service that’s designed to “fit with the pockets of each and every business.” For the first time, Bridgestone is giving farmers the opportunity to calculate financing options for their tyres and buy directly online.

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Analysis: Changes in the tire distribution business.

At the start of this year (2018), Michelin and Sumitomo announced a plan to merge their tire distribution activities in North America. A couple of weeks later Goodyear and Bridgestone made a similar announcement with the launch of Tire Hub. Since then, Max Finkelstein and TreadMaxx have done something similar and formed Tire Distributors of…

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Bridgestone adding $45 million warehouse to Canadian tire plant


Joliette, Quebec — Bridgestone Canada Inc. plans to build a $45 million (€39.2 million) automated warehouse in Joliette, adjacent to its passenger and light truck tire plant there, increasing its ability to serve North American customers.

With a maximum storage capacity of 500,000 tires, the new building will use fully automated technology to store tires produced at the Joliette plant. The warehouse is expected to open in early 2020.

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Bridgestone Becomes Worldwide Paralympic Partner


The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Bridgestone Corporation have announced that the world’s largest tire and rubber manufacturer has become the organization’s seventh Worldwide Paralympic Partner.

Already a Worldwide Olympic Partner through to 2024, Bridgestone now has global rights to promote and support the Paralympic Movement over the same period.

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