Presentation of 16 examples of improvement activities selected from operating sites worldwide
Submitted by Bridgestone Americas
Bridgestone Corporation today announced that it held the 10th Bridgestone Group Global Total Quality Management (TQM) Conference on September 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee in the United States. First held in 2010,*1 this annual conference serves as a forum for sharing examples of outstanding and innovative improvement activities from globally across the Bridgestone Group. By creating a truly global event to showcase superior initiatives, this conference helps foster mutual growth, cultivate Groupwide quality awareness, and elevate the level of TQM activities across the Group to enable it to create more value for customers.
The 2019 conference commemorated the 50th anniversary of Bridgestone defining its mission of "Serving Society with Superior Quality" and receiving the Deming Application Prize, which is presented to companies exhibiting excellence in overall quality management. As such, this conference marked the first of a new 50-year chapter. A total of 270 Group members gathered from across the globe for this conference, where 16 improvement activities selected from operating sites were presented. Four superior activities were presented with TQM Awards, while three received Impression Awards. In addition, three Grand Prize recipients were selected from among the four TQM Award winners.
*1These conferences began in 1963 as a domestic improvement initiative, as the predecessor of the Bridgestone Group Global TQM Conference.
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.
Nashville, Tennessee-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its global corporate social responsibility commitment, Our Way to Serve, the company is dedicated to improving the way people live, work, move and play in all of the communities it calls home.
Understanding that Serving Society with Superior Quality is our heritage and our mission, and embracing our responsibility to future generations as a global leader in our industries, Bridgestone and its teammates around the world employ innovation and technology to improve the way people move, live, work and play.
The best companies not only perform for their stakeholders, but also contribute to a better world.
Through innovative technology, Bridgestone is committed to providing easier, safer, smoother and more seamless mobility for its customers. Building on the enthusiasm of its employees to connect with people worldwide, the company is also focused on building safer and healthier communities, and improving access to education. With regard to the environment, Bridgestone continues to work toward a sustainable society by operating in harmony with nature, valuing natural resources, and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
We are committed to utilizing our strengths and competencies to address health, safety and education issues in our communities.
Through innovative technology, we are committed to easier, safer, smoother and seamless mobility for our society and customers.
We are committed to continually working toward a sustainable society with integrity and in unity with our customers, partners, communities and the world around us.
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