The largest tire company in the world is Bridgestone, which produces tires for many businesses and even some individuals. They are headquartered out of Tokyo, Japan. As of 2013, they have 243 subsidiary companies operating across 190 countries worldwide.
Bridgestone started manufacturing tires back in 1931, when founder Shojiro Ishibashi used an empty rice sack to make inner tubes for his bicycle tires. This eventually led to him creating rubberized fabric cemented together with a polyester resin named Bakelite. He first began producing car tires in 1950 under the name “Bridgestone Tyre Co.” Now, over 75 years after their first beginnings, it has turned into a tire empire that incorporates many different companies.
Bridgestone is the largest tire company in the world because their tires are sold to more countries than any other tire brand. They have over 243 subsidiary companies, almost seven times as many as their closest competitor. Bridgestone also produces 1,000 different types of tires for motorcycles, cars, trucks, planes, scooters and bicycles.
For decades Bridgestone has been a great company to work for, treating their employees well and rewarding them with above average compensation. They have been rewarded as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune Magazine for four consecutive years from 2007-2010. In 2010, they were even named as one of the Top 10 Companies for Working Mothers by Working Mother magazine.
Every tire Bridgestone produces is made in one of their many manufacturing plants around the world. These plants are constantly inspected and audited to ensure that they are following all proper health and safety rules and regulations.