The Bridgestone Corporation is a multinational auto and truck parts manufacturer founded in 1931 by Shojiro Ishibashi in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan.
Production facilities belonging to the Bridgestone Group number 141 in twenty-four countries, as of the end of 2005.
The very first Bridgestone tyre was produced on April 9, 1930, by the Japanese "Tabi" Socks Tyre Division. One year later on March 1, 1931, the founder, Shojiro Ishibashi, established the Bridgestone Tire Co., Ltd. in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture. "Bridgestone" was named after the name of the founder, Shojiro Ishibashi (Ishi = Stone, Bashi = Bridge).