Bridgestone holds annual maintenance skills competition
A bit of healthy competition enhances performance, and with this in mind Bridgestone held its 2012 Equipment Maintenance Skills Competition on 12 July. A total of 57 Bridgestone employees from the company’s Japanese and overseas operations took part in the challenge, which was held at Bridgestone’s Global Manufacturing Education Center (G-MEC) building in Tokyo.
Since 1977 Bridgestone has hosted the Equipment Maintenance Skills Competition with the objective of promoting maintenance skills training throughout the global Bridgestone Group. The slogan for this year’s competition was “extending the study of equipment maintenance skills around the globe.”
“We would like to continue raising the company’s manufacturing quality standards through the Equipment Maintenance Skills Competition,” said Yoshiharu Inoue, vice-president and officer, Global Manufacturing Education, at the competition’s opening ceremony.
Bridgestone established the G-MEC in 2007 as a global development venue to train employees involved in all areas of manufacturing – including tyres, diversified products and raw materials. The company plans to utilise the Equipment Maintenance Skills Competition as a way to continue raising the company’s manufacturing quality standards through proactive training.