In 1930, the tire division at the Ishibashi family's footwear company, makes first tires in Kurume, on Kyushu.
In 1931, Shojiro Ishibashi establishes Bridgestone Tire Co., Ltd., in Kurume. Full-scale tire production begins in 1934 at newly completed plant in Kurume. In 1935, Bridgestone begins mass-producing golf balls.
In 1937, Bridgestone moved headquarters to Tokyo and
begins producing V-belts and rubber hoses; also begins making prototypes of antivibration products.
In 1942, Bridgestone changed it's name to Nippon Tire Co., Ltd. but returned to to Bridgestone Tire Co., Ltd. in 1951.
Other key achivements include...
1953: Becomes Japan's largest tire manufacturer
1962: Develops Japan's first steel radial tires for trucks and buses
1964: Develops Japan's first radial tires for passenger cars
1976: Bridgestone founder Shojiro Ishibashi dies
1983: Acquires first U.S. plant by purchasing tire plant in Tennessee from The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
1988: Acquires Firestone ─ second largest tire manufacturer in United States ─ for $2.6 billion
2005: Launches New brand "Playz" for Japan Domestic Market for the first time in 24 years
2006: Founder Shojiro Ishibashi inducted into The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich., U.S.A.
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