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Porsche approves Bridgestone tyres for Cayenne

Porsche approves Bridgestone tyres for Cayenne

Tuesday 17th October 2017 | 0 Comments

Bridgestone has been selected by Porsche to be a tyre supplier for the third generation Porsche Cayenne. The Dueler H/P Sport which is being fitted to the Cayenne in the 19-inch front 255/55 ZR19 and rear 275/50 ZR19 sizes and the 20-inch front 275/45 ZR20 and rear 305/40 ZR20 sizes, was fully developed at the Bridgestone European Technical Centre in Rome. The tyres will be produced at the Bridgestone plant in Poznan, Poland and will bear the marking ‘N0’ on the sidewall to denote their original equipment status.

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Bridgestone releases latest Mid-term Management Plan

Tuesday 17th October 2017 | 0 Comments

Bridgestone Corporation today announced the outline of its Mid-term Management Plan for 2017 (2017MTP), which covers the five years from 2018 to 2022. The 2017MTP continues the Bridgestone Group focus, held since the 2013MTP, on three key subjects – cultivating global corporate culture, developing human resources capable of global management, and upgrading the company’s global management structure.

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Three Bridgestone tyre plants in Europe to benefit from major investment

Three Bridgestone tyre plants in Europe to benefit from major investment

Monday 16th October 2017 | 0 Comments

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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New president for Bridgestone’s North American commercial tyre service network

New president for Bridgestone’s North American commercial tyre service network

Friday 13th October 2017 | 0 Comments

Damien Harmon has been appointed president of GCR Tires & Service, a commercial vehicle tyre and service network operated by Bridgestone in North America. The current chief operating officer of Bridgestone Retail Operations will take up his new position on 1 November. He succeeds John Vasuta, who was named senior vice-president, global sales, Firestone Building Products.

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Bridgestone closing Firestone Fibers and Textiles plant in Canada

Thursday 12th October 2017 | 0 Comments

Operations at the Firestone Fibers and Textiles plant in Woodstock, Canada will cease by the end of next year, reports Bridgestone Canada Inc. The company’s decision to close the facility, whose product portfolio includes reinforcement materials for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, will affect a total of 170 employees. Bridgestone intends to close the plant in phases, beginning 31 December 2017 and culminating in the total cessation of operations in the second half of 2018.

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Battlax Racing R11 performance tops grooved racing segment, claims Bridgestone

Battlax Racing R11 performance tops grooved racing segment, claims Bridgestone

Wednesday 11th October 2017 | 0 Comments

A new generation of Bridgestone grooved racing tyre for supersport and hypersport bikes will come to market at the start of next year. The Battlax Racing R11, successor to the R10 T-2, will be introduced between January and March in two front and six rear sizes. All R11 sizes will be available in medium compound, and a soft option will also be available in certain sizes.

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Caledonian Tyres refurbishment aims to improve Bandag’s position in Scotland

Caledonian Tyres refurbishment aims to improve Bandag’s position in Scotland

Friday 6th October 2017 | 0 Comments

Paisley based Caledonian Tyres has unveiled a £250,000 refurbishment, which aims to position it as one of the most advanced retread tyre centres in the country. One of the Bandag network’s largest franchise partners, Caledonian Tyres’ development of its facility features improved factory facilities, new look offices, improved equipment and an eye-catching rebrand of the entire premises. The company states that the investment underlines the strength of the commercial retread tyre market, and follows investments made at Lincolnshire-based Bulldog, another large Bandag franchise.

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Firestone launches third Battle of the Bands contest for unsigned UK musicians

Firestone launches third Battle of the Bands contest for unsigned UK musicians

Friday 29th September 2017 | 0 Comments

Firestone has launched its 2017 Battle of the Bands competition, with Orange Amplification and Wolf Alice bassist Theo Ellis. The contest provides hundreds of acts the opportunity to showcase their music, as well as win more than £2,000 worth of Orange Amplification equipment, studio time worth around £1,500, and support towards the creation of an EP.

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Bridgestone sells Kingsway to Lodge Tyres

Bridgestone sells Kingsway to Lodge Tyres

Friday 29th September 2017 | 0 Comments

Following an extensive period of negotiations with Lodge Tyres, Bridgestone has agreed to sell its share capital in Kingsway Tyres. Lodge has completed the acquisition of the Kingsway retail business, which operates from 15 depots, predominantly in the east of England. Indeed the Kingsway website already features Lodge Group branding and refers to 16 depots, suggesting some degree of reorganising and/or re-branding has already taken place.

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BASys control system, Bandag extruder installed at Bridgestone’s Bulldog plant

BASys control system, Bandag extruder installed at Bridgestone’s Bulldog plant

Thursday 21st September 2017 | 0 Comments

Bridgestone’s largest Bandag franchise, Bulldog in Bourne, Lincolnshire is a central pillar in Bridgestone’s UK Total Tyre Care truck and bus tyre strategy, and as such has been a target for ongoing investment. Most recently, Bridgestone has installed the BASys casing and production control system, digitally linking the tripartite facility and tracking the journey of retreads through the manufacturing process. This joins the latest piece of retread production equipment, the latest generation Bandag extruder builder the 9110ES, which was installed in 2016, and is now fully operational. Tyres & Accessories visited the Bulldog site to see the latest upgrades in action, and how Bulldog intends to capitalise on the current moment of what Bridgestone retread development manager for the North region (UK, Ireland, and the Nordic region) Terry Salter terms a “golden period” for retreading.

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Bridgestone 10th best Aussie franchise

Thursday 14th September 2017 | 0 Comments

Tyre maker Bridgestone has ranked 10th in the 10th annual list of Australia’s 10 best franchises, as voted by franchisees across the country.

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Bridgestone’s Franco Annunziato elected president of ETRMA

Wednesday 13th September 2017 | 0 Comments

The board of directors of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA), today elected Bridgestone EMEA’s vice president and senior advisor Franco Annunziato as president of the association. At the same meeting, Thierry du Granrut, from the Syndicat National du Caoutchouc et des Polymères, was confirmed as vice president for a second term. Both terms are effective as of 1 January 2018 for a three-year mandate. This is the first time that Bridgestone has held the presidency of the European association.

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Higgins, Ferrari appointed to chair Bridgestone Europe, Americas

Monday 11th September 2017 | 0 Comments

As of 1 January 2018, Thomas Higgins will take over as chairman of Bridgestone Europe NV/SA, succeeding Eduardo Minardi in this position. Higgins will also become a senior officer of Bridgestone Corporation and will retain his role as president of Bridgestone Americas’ US & Canada Consumer Tire Sales Division.

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Bridgestone to benefit from £500 million Aston Martin UK-Japan trade deal

Bridgestone to benefit from £500 million Aston Martin UK-Japan trade deal

Wednesday 30th August 2017 | 0 Comments

Aston Martin Lagonda has agreed a trade and investment deal between the United Kingdom and Japan worth up to £500 million over the next five years of its second century business plan. The investment program was announced by Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin president and chief executive officer, during his visit to Japan as part of the UK delegation accompanying British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Bridgestone hosts diving event with Olympian, brand ambassador Mears

Bridgestone hosts diving event with Olympian, brand ambassador Mears

Tuesday 29th August 2017 | 0 Comments

Bridgestone UK launched its Olympic Games partnership in early 2017 with three new Olympian brand ambassadors. The tyre manufacturer’s marketing campaign to coincide with the sponsorship has the tagline “Chase Your Dream, No Matter What”, and its latest event paired a group of “everyday battlers” with a performance psychologist, a 10 metre diving board, and the UK’s synchronised springboard diving Olympic champion from the Rio 2016 games, Chris Mears. Their experience, captured on camera, can be viewed for the first time below, and on the Bridgestone UK YouTube channel.

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