Bridgestone nets second Boeing supplier award
Bridgestone Corporation is one of 16 companies, and the only tyre maker, to be honoured at this year’s Boeing Supplier of the Year awards. The Electrical/Hydraulic/Mechanical Standards category award is the second consecutive Boeing supplier honour for Bridgestone; the Japanese manufacturer was chosen from a pool of some 17,500 active Boeing suppliers in more than 50 countries around the world.
Last year’s Boeing Supplier of the Year awards also brought honours to Bridgestone; the tyre maker was awarded in the same category as this year. In addition, in January 2011 Bridgestone was notified that it was one of 558 companies to receive the Boeing Performance Excellence Award, which rewards suppliers for excellence. Selection for the Supplier of the Year award was based on stringent performance criteria for quality, delivery performance, cost, environmental initiatives, customer service and technical expertise.
“The Boeing supplier network is a global community of the best companies who help us build the world’s best aircraft, satellite and defence systems,” said Stan Deal, vice-president and general manager of Supplier Management for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “To be one of just 16 selected for a Boeing Supplier of the Year award says a great deal about Bridgestone’s commitment to consistently achieve high standards of quality, productivity and efficiency in support of our customers.”
Bridgestone currently supplies aircraft tyres for the Boeing 737-900ER, Boeing 747, Boeing 767 and Boeing 777. Additionally, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is scheduled to go into service with Bridgestone aircraft radial tyres. Asahiko Nishiyama, Bridgestone’s vice-president and senior officer, who attended the award ceremony on May 18, commented “It is very honourable for Bridgestone to receive this award for two consecutive years. Bridgestone would like to express its sincere gratitude for kind support of the Boeing Company, and we will continue our efforts to improve our performance in the future.”