Bridgestone South Africa

The First Bridgestone Tyre

The first plant in Kurume

The first plant in Kurume

Tyre builders with the first Bridgstone tyre

Tyre builders with the first Bridgstone tyre

Outside the first Bridgestone plant in South Africa, Port Elizabeth

Outside the first Bridgestone plant in South Africa, Port Elizabeth

9th April, 1930, the very first Bridgestone tyre was produced by the Japan Tabi Socks Tyre Division.

1st March, 1931, Bridgestone founder Shojiro Ishibashi, made the Japan Tabi Socks Tyre Division independent and established the Bridgestone Tyre Co., Ltd. in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture. The company focused on manufacturing tyres based solely on Japanese technology.

14th September, 1936, South Africa’s first Firestone tyre rolled off the assembly line in the company’s new factory in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The original production capacity then was 350 car tyres a day with a factory staff total of 150.

In the early days, the Bridgestone company experienced many technological, production, and sales challenges, but quickly improved its quality with the result that the business rapidly expanded both locally and overseas.

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