The award was presented to Joseba Luzarraga, Chief Financial Officer of Bridgestone Spain, by Carlos Aguirre, Minister of Economy and Finance for the Basque government, in presence of Kepa Hernández, Bilbao Plant Manager and Jesús Blanco, Director of Human Resources, Bridgestone Spain at a gala ceremony in Bilbao.
The Euskal Makila award recognizes foreign companies and individuals that make a sustained contribution to the Basque economy. For the 2010 award the jury took into account that Bridgestone is one of the longest-standing multinational companies in the region. It also underlined Bridgestone’s contribution to the growth of local industry, helping to establish the Basque area as a key player in the national and European automotive industry.
Bridgestone has been in the Basque region for almost 80 years and operates a large tyre manufacturing plant in Bilbao and a textile one in Usánsolo, employing largely more than 1.000 people. The plant specialises in the production of truck and bus tyres.
“When the ‘Makila’ baton is given to a foreigner, it is a sign of respect” said Mr Jesús Blanco, at the ceremony. “Bridgestone is honoured to receive this token of respect from the Basque government.”
About Bridgestone Europe
Bridgestone Europe (BSEU), with European headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is a key regional subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of tyres and other rubber products. Bridgestone Europe operates an R&D center, 8 plants and offices in more than 30 European countries, with over 13,000 employees. BSEU’s premium tyres are sold both within Europe and globally.