was founded by Shojiro Ishibashi in 1931. From the beginning, he
held international aspirations for his business, and named the company
"Bridgestone". The surname "Ishi-bashi"
literally means "stone-bridge." Since the foundation,
Bridgestone has continued to send out into the world products of the
highest level, using innovative technology always at the forefront of the
of Bridgestone achievements
turnover in the worldwide rubber manufacturers
1 for the 16 consecutive years since 1988)
of the leading tyre manufacturers
world tyre market in 2004: 18.2%)
100 plants in 25 countries
number of employees in the Bridgestone group reaches over 113,000
centers: Japan(Tokyo) / USA(Akron) / Europe(Rome) / China(Wuxi)
courses: 11 locations in the world (one established in
Rome in 2004 and another in China in 2007)
tyre supplier for automobile manufacturers
supplier to both Japanese and some European top manufacturers)
Bridgestone Run Flat Tyre
As one of the world's
leading tyre manufacturer, Bridgestone is constantly striving to improve
not just the performance of its tyres, but safety as well. 80% of
tyre incidents involve gradual release of tyre pressure.
Therefore we set out to
design a tyre that enables safe driving and control of the vehicle even
with zero pressure. RFT or Run-Flat-Tyre technology does away with
concerns about flat tyres. RFT provides enhanced safety and peace of
mind, and is set to become the new standard for tyre safety.
What is RFT?
RFT or Run-Flat-Tyre is
exactly what its name suggests. RFT can be used even when there is
no air in the tyres due to punctures or air leaks. Conventional
tyres flatten and cannot support the car when there is no air in it, and
will shred if the driver attempts to drive further.
RFT lets you drive with tyres at zero pressure for up to 80 kilometers at
up to 80km/hr.
RFT does not burst at high
speed - you are able to control and drive the car to a safe location in
the event of a puncture.
You do not have the tedious
and sometimes dangerous task of changing tyres, especially along higways,
crowded or deserted roads.
RFT eliminates the need for
carrying a spare tyre freeing up extra space in the vehicle.
No spare tyre means less
vehicle weight and better fuel economy.
Bridgestone has developed run flat tyres that work
with conventional wheels. Run flat tyres allow an automobile to
continue travelling safely for a specified distance up to a specified
speed after a sudden loss of tyre pressure. The automobile with run
flat tyres can also drive 80km at a speed of 80km/hr.
Top automobile manufacturers have already estimated
the innovative technology and Bridgestone supplies run flat tyres to
FERRARI, BMW, AUDI, MERCEDES-BENZ, LEXUS, NISSAN, VOLKSWAGEN, MASERATI,
TOYOTA, DAIHATSU and others, for use in their
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