Bridgestone Americas Announces Leadership Changes to Logistics & Supply Chain Group, Off-The-Road Tire Business

Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) today announced leadership changes to drive operational excellence and strengthen the company’s position as a global leader providing sustainable mobility and advanced solutions. The following changes take effect December 1, 2020.

Bridget Neal, currently president of the company’s Off-the-Road (OTR) tire business in the U.S. and Canada, has been promoted to senior vice president, logistics and supply chain management (LSCM), Bridgestone Americas. In this role, Neal will oversee the company’s global supply chain, designing and implementing supply and distribution strategies that enable business growth and improve product cycle time.

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Bridgestone Illinois Plant Celebrates 55 Years

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.‘s OTR plant in Bloomington, Illinois, is celebrating 55 years of operations this year.

The Bloomington Tire Plant began manufacturing tires in 1965 and today employs 450 people, many of whom are the second generation of their families to work in the plant, Bridgestone says. Currently, three employees are sons of employees who worked at the Bloomington Plant in 1965.

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Bridgestone Selected by Lamborghini as Tire Supplier for Huracán STO Supercar

BRUSSELSNov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Lamborghini has chosen Bridgestone as the tire supplier for the Lamborghini Huracán STO, a new super sports car set to be released in 2021.

Bridgestone has developed a tailor-made Potenza tire for the Huracán STO engineering a high-performance tire capable of maximizing the Huracán STO’s traction, handling, control, and extreme overall performance.

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Bridgestone forms partnership with Indy Autonomous Challenge

Bridgestone Americas announced it has formed a partnership with the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), a global competition among university teams to program a modified Dallara IL-15 racecar and compete in the world’s first autonomous high-speed, head-to-head race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Bridgestone will serve as the exclusive tire supplier for the event, which is scheduled for October 23, 2021.

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Bridgestone finalizes South Africa plant closure

Following a consultation with workers and unions, Bridgestone South Africa (BSAF) says it has finalized the process to close down its agri tire manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa. In August, the company announced a proposal to close the Port Elizabeth facility. The plant’s last day of operation will be November 15.

Jacques Fourie, BSAF chief executive, explained, “The proposal to close the plant was not taken lightly and the impact on employees has been taken into account from the outset. We endeavored to treat employees with the utmost compassion and fairness to support them through the change, while adhering to all legal requirements and due diligence.”

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Franco Annunziato confirmed as President of ETRMA

The Board of Directors of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufactures’ Association gave a strong signal of commitment and continuity to face the actual macroeconomic scenario, via the confirmation of the presidency to Mr Franco Annunziato, Bridgestone Vice president and Senior Advisor. In the same meeting, Mr Joan Vicenç Durán, from Consorcio Nacional de Industriales del Caucho, was elected Vice President. Both functions are effective as of 1st January 2021 for a three-year mandate.

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Bridgestone Unveils “A Layered Journey” Sustainability Campaign

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Bridgestone, a global leader in sustainable mobility and advanced solutions, has announced today a new campaign inviting partners to participate in building a stronger society. In A Layered Journey, Bridgestone highlights ways the company is incorporating sustainability in its value chain with a focus on its commitment to sustainable procurement of natural rubber.

The campaign travels from the forest where rubber trees are tapped for latex, continuing through production where recycled materials are incorporated into new tires, toward innovation that can extend product lifecycles and uncover circular uses for materials.  

 

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USTMA finds that recycling of end-of-life tires has stalled

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While tires remain one of the most recycled products in the U.S., end-of-life markets are not keeping pace with the annual generation of scrap tires, a new report released by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) reveals.

The 2019 Scrap Tire Management Report – USTMA’s 14th – reveals that almost 76% of scrap tires were recycled in products such as rubber modified asphalt, the manufacturing of automotive products and mulch for landscaping and other products, and tire-derived fuel in 2019. This is down from 96% in 2013, when scrap tire recycling peaked.

“Three decades after we successfully eliminated 94 …

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France willing to make investment to save Bridgestone plant

PARIS — The French government is prepared to invest alongside Bridgestone to save a French plant that the Japanese tiremaker is considering closing, a minister said on Monday. The French government is looking at options to save jobs and keep open the factory, which employs 863 people in Bethune, Northern France. “If we could find a balance with Bridgestone, we would put up money,” Industry Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher told television channel LCP.

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Bridgestone Supports Larry Fitzgerald’s First Down Fund

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Bridgestone , a partner of the NFL, has partnered with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and his foundation, the First Down Fund, which is now being highlighted in a series of new TV spots airing in-game.

The First Down Fund provides underserved youth and families in Larry’s hometown of Minneapolis, MN, with technology needed to facilitate their education.

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