Bridgestone Corporationis a multinational rubber conglomerate founded in 1931 by Shojiro Ishibashiin the city of Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan. The name Bridgestone comes from a calque translation and transposition of ishibashi, meaning \"stone bridge\" in Japanese.Bridgestone is currently ranked No.2 tyre manufacturer in the global tyre marketwith Michelin leading, Goodyear third, and Continental fourth as of January 2009. As of the end of 2005, production facilities belonging to the Bridgestone Group have increased to 141 spread throughout twenty-four nations of the world. In order to attain this level of globalization, the company established a new set of corporate policies in the year 2001. In continuation of this, company\'s Brand Visionwas also established in 2003.