The award is in recognition of recent investments and increased employment, provided by Bridgestone’s production expansion programmes at both the Bridgestone passenger-car tyre manufacturing plant in Poznan and its truck and bus tyre plant in Stargard Szczeciński.
Mr. Hiroyuki Osaki, Plant Director, Vice President of the Board, Bridgestone Poznan, received the award on behalf of Bridgestone at a special gala and awards ceremony in the Warsaw Stock Exchange building on 27th October.
“Bridgestone is honoured to receive this award from Poland’s top business publication. With its efficient work force, stability and strategic position near Europe’s largest markets, Poland plays a vital role in Bridgestone’s European development plans” commented Mr. Osaki at the ceremony.
The Warsaw Business Journal introduced “Investment of the Year” rankings in 2012 in cooperation with Polish chambers of commerce. Foreign investments are assessed based on the amounts invested, their innovativeness, and their local impact. Bridgestone won the Investment of the Year award in the category of “large investments”. Moreover the German BASF chemical company and Sweden’s Ikea furniture & home decoration retailer have been awarded for their investments.
Bridgestone, the world’s largest manufacturer of tyres and rubber products, operates several major assets in Poland. In addition to two non-tyre manufacturing facilities operated by Bridgestone Corporation and a regional tyre sales company in Warsaw, Bridgestone Europe manufactures premium passenger-car tyres at the Poznan plant and truck & bus tyres and pre-cured treads at its Stargard factory.
One of the most advanced Bridgestone tyre plants in the world, the Poznan factory produces more than 29 500 Bridgestone tyres a day including premium tires, high-performance tyres, Run-Flat Technology tyres and new “ologic” low-rolling-resistance tyres developed exclusively for the new BMW i3 all-electric car. More than 90% of production is exported to European and Asian markets. The expansion plan completed in 2014 will add 200 new employees to the workforce of more than 1600. Expansion of the Stargard truck-tyre plant has just been completed. A new manufacturing line for 1700 pre-cured treads a day has been added, creating 120 new jobs in a workforce of more than 800.
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.