The first Bridgestone tire was manufactured in 1930 by the Japanese “Tabi” Socks Tyre Division. In 1931, founder Shōjirō Ishibashi made the company its own division called Bridgestone Tire Co, Ltd.
The company headquarters was destroyed during WWII. After the war, the company began to produce motorcycle tires.
In 1959, the company began to sell nylon tires.
In 1961, the company went public.
In 1967, the company introduced its first radial tire, the RD10. The company also created Bridgestone America this same year.
In 1988, the company purchased the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. Firestone was merged with Bridgestone America in 1990 to form Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
Today, Bridgestone is one of the largest automotive tire manufacturers in the world. The company has manufacturing plants in 24 countries worldwide.