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Bridgestone Holds Seventh Annual Bridgestone Group Global TQM Conference

Tokyo (September 16, 2016)-Bridgestone Corporation held its seventh annual Bridgestone Group Global Total Quality Management (TQM) Conference on September 15, in Kodaira, Tokyo, Japan.

The conference, began in 2010, aims to strengthen TQM activities and enhance quality awareness of all Bridgestone teammates through sharing examples of improvements selected from each region and SBU with entire Group.

This conference was attended by approx. 250 Bridgestone employees from around the world, including Japan, the United States, Argentina, Costa Rica, Spain, France, Poland, Turkey, India, Singapore, China, Thailand, and South Africa. A total of 16 improvement activities selected from the entire group and 2 reference cases were presented. 4 TQM Awards and 4 Impression Awards were handed out at the conference to employees whose improvement activities were deemed to be superior and 2 out of 4 TQM Awards earned the Grand Prize to further invigorate activities of TQM.

Award   Operating site
TQM Award


Firestone Polymers, Lake Charles, Louisiana (USA)


Bridgestone India, Pune Plant (India)


Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Costa Rica Plant (Costa Rica)


Bridgestone, Mold Strategic Planning and Production Control Dpt. Kurume mold shop (Japan)
Impression Award   Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Warren Plant (USA)
  Bridgestone Hispania, Burgos plant (Spain)
  Bridgestone Tire Japan Co., Ltd. , Hyogo Company, Nada Sales Office (Japan)
  Bridgestone Diversified Products Poland Sp.zo.o. (Poland)

GP* : the Grand Prize

In 2015, the Bridgestone Essence Framework was completed with the formulation of the Quality Mission Statement, which empowers future direction for quality activities on customer's point of view. The theme of the conference this time was "Creation customer value & trust" which is the mission of the Quality Mission Statement.

Both now and in the future, Bridgestone aims to create customer value and trust by promoting improvement activities in which all employees will participate.

About Bridgestone Corporation: Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world’s largest tire and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world.

Distribution channels: Automotive