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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Ship shape and not too bent

30 January 2015

We must all be ghouls at heart - the most-read story on just-auto this week: what got bent on the Heogh Osaka, the ship that recently enjoyed an unscheduled port of call on a Southampton sandbank.


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Takata the new Firestone?

5 December 2014

Back from two weeks' 'staycation', the words that stood out as I returned to the news desk last Monday were 'Takata' and 'Honda'. And, as the latest developments in this long-running saga occurred throughout the week, I started to think of two more words: 'Ford' and 'Firestone'. Remember all that back at the beginning of this decade? If not, this 2005 story from our archives neatly summarises it.


COMMENT: 'Spontaneous deployment of air bags'

26 June 2014

Spontaneous deployment of air bags. Not a nice thought, especially for a young woman in Georgia.


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Ford plant sold to MMC

4 April 2014

It's not unusual for one automaker to buy a plant from another and Mitsubishi's purchase of a Philippines plant from Ford makes perfect sense.

Latest interviews


Q&A with Bridgestone

8 March 2013

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with major tyre manufacturers, Matthew Beecham talked with executives from Bridgestone about the use of winter tyres in parts of Europe, tyre labelling, regulatory pressures, TPMS and run-flats.


INTERVIEW: Bridgestone North Europe, Andy Lane

30 August 2012

Two major issues are currently top of agenda of several multi-national tyre companies - the introduction from 1 November this year of European labelling on grip, noise and energy consumption - as well as Tyre Pressure Management Systems. Bridgestone Europe consumer sales & marketing director, North Europe, Andy Lane, talked to Simon Warburton about their impact as well as the retail challenges facing the global manufacturer.


INTERVIEW: Falken Tyres MD, Isamu Ishida

4 July 2012

Falken Tyres Europe is owned by Sumitomo Rubber Industries, the sixth largest manufacturer in terms of global tyre ranking, with facilities across Asia including four plants in Japan and further factories in Thailand, Indonesia and China. Falken Tyres managing director, Isamu Ishida, talked to Simon Warburton from the company's headquarters near Frankfurt in Germany.


Q&A with Bridgestone on TPMS

25 May 2010

Now that European legislation is coming in to make tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) mandatory, the motorist no longer has to pay extra. Matthew Beecham talked with Franco Annunziato, senior vice president, technology, Bridgestone Europe about the future for TPMS, run-flats and the so-called intelligent tyre.

Latest news


just-auto Plus only Porsche Cayenne to feature Bridgestone tyres

18 October 2017

Bridgestone has been selected by Porsche to be a supplier of tyres for the third generation Porsche Cayenne. The Dueler H/P Sport which is being fitted for both 19 and 20 inch wheels was fully developed at the Bridgestone European Technical Centre in Rome. The...


Bridgestone to further invest in EU facilities

18 October 2017

Bridgestone has announced its commitment to invest approximately EUR266m (US$313m) into three key European production sites. The funds will be used to expand plant production capacity, purchase cutting-edge equipment and optimise existing production lines.


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone premieres Turanza T005 touring tyre

10 October 2017

Bridgestone, the world’s number one tyre and rubber manufacturer, premieres Turanza T005 premium touring tyre at a Pan-European launch event in Greece. Developed and produced in Europe, Bridgestone Turanza T005 delivers outstanding wet performance and...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone Americas appoints new CIO

27 September 2017

Bridgestone Americas announced Stefano Mezzabotta has been named chief information officer (CIO) for Bridgestone Americas. Stefano will be based in Nashville and will report to Bill Thompson, chief operating officer, Bridgestone Americas. In this role,...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone US appoints new president commercial

19 September 2017

Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) announced Bridgestone executive Scott Damon has been named president, commercial group, US and Canada for Bridgestone Americas Tyre Operations (BATO), effective 1 October. Damon will oversee all business operations within the...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone announces senior management changes

5 September 2017

Bridgestone Corporation announced the following changes in executive officers and corporate officers. 1. New members of executive officers (effective 1 January 2018) Paolo Ferrari New position - senior vice president and executive officer of Bridgestone...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone announces senior management changes

7 July 2017

Bridgestone Corporation on 7 July 2017 announced the following changes in corporate officers. Changing position and responsibility of corporate officer (Effective 1 September 2017) Mitsuhira Shimazaki New post: vice president and officer...


VW honours 19 suppliers

30 June 2017

Volkswagen Group presented the "Volkswagen Group Award 2017" to its best suppliers this week at Motorwerk Berlin.


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone announces senior management changes

29 June 2017

Corporation on 28 June 2017 announced the following changes in corporate officers. Changing position and responsibility of corporate officer (effective 1 August 2017) Akira Matsuda New position : vice president and senior officer, Responsible for Global...


Bridgestone ploughs finance into ClearMotion

20 June 2017

Bridgestone Americas has ploughed an unspecified amount of finance into ClearMotion, a venture-backed technology company developing road sensing software and hardware.


just-auto Plus only Firestone introduces new Roadhawk tyre

7 June 2017

With the release of its new Roadhawk tyre, Firestone continues to deliver on its promise to revitalise the iconic American brand. In 2014, Firestone committed to re-energising its brand in Europe by investing in its products, lineup and activations. In only...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone announces senior management changes

24 May 2017

Bridgestone Corporation announced the following changes in corporate officer. Changing positions and responsibilities of corporate officer (Effective 1 July 2017) Mitsuhira Shimazaki New Post - vice president and officer, Seconded to Bridgestone...


GM collaborates with suppliers over rubber supply

16 May 2017

General Motors says it is commited to sourcing sustainable natural rubber in its tyres to drive the industry towards net-zero deforestation and uphold human and labour rights.


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone tyre selected for Alfa Romeo Stelvio

5 May 2017

Bridgestone has been selected by Alfa Romeo to be a tyre supplier for its first premium mid-size SUV. Engineered with Run-Flat Technology and designed with all season capability, the Dueler H/P Sport tyre from Bridgestone will equip the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone announces senior management changes

10 March 2017

Bridgestone Corporation announced the following changes in executive officers and corporate officers. 1. Changing positions and responsibilities of executive officers (Effective 24 March 2017) Shuichi Ishibashi New Position : executive vice president...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone announces new executive appointments

9 March 2017

Laurent Dartoux has been appointed chief strategy and marketing officer (CSMO) for Bridgestone EMEA. He will drive end-to-end new product and solutions development, strategic partnerships as well as brands marketing. Laurent will also be a board member of...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone Europe to acquire Groupe Ayme

20 January 2017

Bridgestone Europe announces that it has entered into an exclusivity agreement with the shareholders of Groupe Ayme for the acquisition of the largest independent tyre specialist in France. The finalisation of the transaction is subject to information and...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone RFT tyres selected for Lexus LS sedan

12 January 2017

Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone) announced that its Turanza T005 run-flat technology (RFT) tyres will be the standard tyre mounted on the new 2017 Lexus LS sedan. The vehicle currently is on display at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, in...


Bridgestone ploughs US$180m more into Wilson plant

11 January 2017

Bridgestone Americas is to plough US$180m into its Wilson, North Carolina passenger tyre manufacturing facility.


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone announces management changes

23 December 2016

Bridgestone Corporation on 22 December 2016 announced the following changes in corporate officers. 1. Retiring corporate officer (Effective 31 December 2016) Koichi Morita:  Former position - vice president and officer, Central Research 2. New...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone announces senior management changes

19 December 2016

Bridgestone Corporation on 16 December 2016 announced the following changes in executive officers and corporate officers. 1.Changing positions and responsibilities of executive officers (Effective 1 January 2017) Shuichi Ishibashi  New...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone wins infringement lawsuit in China

9 December 2016

Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone) on 9 December 2016 announced that it has received a favourable ruling from China's Supreme People's Court in a lawsuit alleging infringement of the company's tyre tread design rights against Chinese tyre...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone RFT tyres selected for Lexus LC500

9 December 2016

Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone) on 9 December 2016 announced that its Potenza S001L Run-Flat Technology (RFT) tyres and Turanza T005 RFT tyres will be the standard tyre mounted on the Lexus LC500/LC500h, new luxury coup slated to launch in...


Maserati selects Bridgestone tyres for Levante SUV

18 November 2016

Maserati has selected Bridgestone's Dueler sport tyre in size 255/60 R18 108W, for its Levante all-wheel-drive SUV.


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone announces senior management changes

10 November 2016

Bridgestone Corporation today announced the following changes in executive officers and corporate officers. Changing positions and responsibilities of executive officers (effective 1 January 2017) Shuichi Ishibashi New post: executive vice president and...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone announces senior management changes

28 October 2016

Bridgestone Corporation on 26 October 2016 announced the following changes in corporate officers. 1. New members of corporate officers (Effective 1 January 2017) Paolo Ferrari New position: vice president and senior officer of Bridgestone Corporation,...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone Americas appoints new CFNA president

25 October 2016

Bridgestone on 24 October 2016 announced the appointment of Brian Zempel as president, Bridgestone Credit Division, and chairman, CEO & president of Credit First National Association (CFNA), effective 17 October 2016. Zempel assumes the role from Dean...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone to introduce Examation system

18 October 2016

Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone) announced, on 17 October, 2016, that it will introduce its Examation tyre assembling system at its Tatabánya Plant, a passenger car tyre plant in Hungary, during 2016. Designed to further improve quality and help...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone appoints new president of TBR, BATO

13 October 2016

Bridgestone Americas, (Bridgestone) on 12 October 2016 announced that Joseph Saoud has joined the company as president, truck and bus radial (TBR), Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO). In this role, Saoud will be responsible for leading the sales...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone announces new Indonesian facility

26 September 2016

Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone), on 23 September, 2016, announced that subsidiary PT. Bridgestone Astra Indonesia (BSAI) held a grand opening ceremony for its new manufacturing plant in Purwakarta, Jawa Barat, Indonesia. BSAI was established in August...

Bridgestone news

just-auto Plus only Porsche Cayenne to feature Bridgestone tyres

18 October 2017

Bridgestone has been selected by Porsche to be a supplier of tyres for the third generation Porsc...


Bridgestone to further invest in EU facilities

18 October 2017

Bridgestone has announced its commitment to invest approximately EUR266m (US$313m) into three key...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone premieres Turanza T005 touring tyre

10 October 2017

Bridgestone, the world’s number one tyre and rubber manufacturer, premieres Turanza T005 pr...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone Americas appoints new CIO

27 September 2017

Bridgestone Americas announced Stefano Mezzabotta has been named chief information officer (CIO)...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone US appoints new president commercial

19 September 2017

Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) announced Bridgestone executive Scott Damon has been named pre...


just-auto Plus only Bridgestone announces senior management changes

5 September 2017

Bridgestone Corporation announced the following changes in executive officers and corporate offic...



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