Bridgestone starts distribution in Iran


Tehran – Japanese tire-maker Bridgestone Corp. has started distribution of its products in Iran, through Arian Tire Pouya, an official representative of the Bridgestone brand.

In a statement provided to ERJ, the company said it intended to market passenger and commercial tires in Iran through Arian Tire’s network.

At the initial stage, Bridgestone is introducing four PCR categories of products: Ecopia, Turanza, Potenza and Dueler in Iran in addition to “various products” for…

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Bridgestone sets out new targets under five-year plan


TOKYO — Bridgestone Corp.’s goals for the coming five years include achieving an operating profit ratio of 10 percent and a return on equity of 12 percent, company management spelled out in the firm’s 2017 Mid-Term Management Plan released Oct. 17.

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Three Bridgestone tyre plants in Europe to benefit from major investment


Approximately 266 million euros are to be invested into three key Bridgestone production sites in Europe. In a statement covering its plans, Bridgestone Europe shares that funds will be directed towards expanding capacity at its Burgos facility in Spain and the Poznan and Stargard sites in Poland. The expansion projects will take places in phases over the coming five years, with all upgrades expected to be completed by early 2022.

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Bridgestone Leadership Shuffle: Vasuta, Harmon Take New Roles


After three years as president of Bridgestone Americas’s GCR Tires & Sales, the company’s commercial tire and service business, John Vasuta returns to Firestone Building Products (FSBP), promoted to Global Sales Leader effective Nov. 1.

Prior to leading the GCR Tire & Service team, Vasuta spent nine years at FSBP in various management roles, including general counsel and vice president of administration, vice president of strategic planning and corporate development, and vice president and managing director of international operations.

“John has a proven track record of driving growth and a strong background in international operations and strategy,” said FSBP president …

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Bridgestone Celebrated as Major Employer


Bridgestone’s Joliette tire manufacturing plant wins the “Coup de Coeur” Award.

Bridgestone’s Canadian passenger and light truck tire manufacturing facility in Joliette, Quebec has been recognized as a significant job creator in the Lanaudière region during the Prix Créateurs d’emplois du Quebec Awards Gala.

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Bridgestone launches new touring tire


Brussels – Bridgestone has launched its Turanza T005 premium touring tire at a recent event in Greece, the company announced 9 Oct

Developed and produced in Europe, the tire is said to deliver “outstanding wet performance and fuel economy, combined with high mileage.”

With more than 140 sizes for 14’’ to 21’’ rims, it will be available on the European replacement tire market from January 2018 and will replace the current T001 EVO.

At the same time, Bridgestone…

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Bridgestone Canada Inc. (Bridgestone) today regrettably announced the closure of its Firestone Fibers and Textiles facility based in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. The closure affects 35 salaried employees and 135 hourly employees, and will be conducted in phases beginning December 31, 2017, with operations completely ceasing in the second half of 2018.

“This has been an incredibly difficult decision that has come about only after extensive consideration and a thorough assessment of our business and operations,” said Bill Thompson, Chief Operating Officer, Bridgestone Americas, Inc., the parent company of Bridgestone Canada Inc. “There is a strong team at the Woodstock plant, and we are grateful for our employees’ contributions to our business and the community. In light of increasing global competition and difficult market conditions, however, it is no longer viable to maintain operations in Woodstock.”

The plant will ramp down operations over an 18-month period, continuing to produce in Woodstock during the transition, while also leveraging existing assets in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, to meet customer demand in a cost-effective manner.

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Bridgestone Names New President of OE


Shannon Quinn to lead company’s OE business for North America.

Bridgestone Americas has announced that Shannon Quinn joined the company as president, original equipment (OE) tire sales, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO). Quinn succeeds Mike Martini, who recently retired after a 40-year career with Bridgestone Americas.

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Firestone Industrial Products Names New President


NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Firestone Industrial Products, LLC (Firestone) today announced Craig Schneider has been named president, Firestone Industrial Products, effective Oct. 2, 2017. Schneider succeeds Scott Damon, who recently was named president, commercial…

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Bridgestone Introduces New Ultra Wide Base Tires


New tires promise enhance long haul performance.

Bridgestone has announced the launch of two new ultra wide base tires, the Greatec M835A Ecopia tire for the drive position and the Greatec R197 Ecopia tire for the trailer position.

Designed for use on tandem-axel applications in long haul service, the new Greatec ultra wide base Ecopia tires are built for better fuel efficiency and promise up to 20 percent longer wear life than the previous generation offering.

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