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 EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa)
Bridgestone EMEA, with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tyre and rubber company. Bridgestone EMEA operates in more than 60 countries and has over 18200 employees. Across the region it has 14 tyre and tyre related plants, a major R&D Centre and a proving ground. Bridgestone EMEA’s premium tyres are sold in Europe, Middle East, Africa and globally.