Ceremony Held to Celebrate Opening of Bridgestone Park

22 Jan

Ceremony Held to Celebrate Opening of Bridgestone Park

Bridgestone Corporation today announced that its subsidiary, Bridgestone Middle East & Africa FZE. (BSMEA), has opened Bridgestone Park, a multipurpose facility located in the Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The facility will be used fortraining company employees and distributors throughout the Middle East and Africa in the areas ofsales and technical support for passenger, truck and bus and retread tires. The facility also has a passenger tire retail shop and a truck and bus tire service center.

A grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony were held at the location on January 21. Local dignitaries on hand included Ibrahim Al Janahi, Deputy CEO – Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA), and Talal Al Hashimi, Managing Director – JAFZA. Attending on behalf of Bridgestone Corporation were Kunitoshi Takeda, Vice President and Officer, Asia Pacific, China, Middle East, Africa and Russia Tire Business Operations, Bridgestone Corporation, and Shoichi Sakuma, President, BSMEA.

An overview of Bridgestone Park and its facilities is provided below:
Overview of Bridgestone Park

  1. Location
    2. Plant site
    3. Number of employees

Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
21,678 square meters
20 employees

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Bridgestone Park

Overview of Facilities

  1. Training facility
  • Facility for training employees and distributor staff members in areas related to sales and technical service
  1. Passenger tire retail shop
  • Retail shop that will serve as a model for shops in the Middle East and Africa that handle passenger tires and car maintenance
  1. Truck and bus tire service center
  • Service facility for sales and maintenance of truck and bus tires
  1. Bandag learning center
  • Facility for training in such areas as technical skills needed in the manufacturing of Bridgestone’s Bandag brand retread tires

This facility is an example of Bridgestone’s continuing commitment to building a global sales and marketing support network that will respond quickly to the needs of our customers and changes in market demand.

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Ribon cutting ceremony: Ibrahim Al Janahi, Deputy CEO –JAFZA (fourth from the left),Kunitoshi Takeda, Vice President and Officer, Bridgestone Corporation(fifth from the left), Talal Al Hashimi, Managing Director–JAFZA(sixth from the left) and Shoichi Sakuma, President, BSMEA(seventh from the left)

Overview of Bridgestone Park

  1. Company name
    2. Location
    3. Business operations
    4. Representative
    5. Start of operations
    6. Ownership
    7. Capital

Bridgestone Middle East & Africa FZE.
Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, UAE.
Overall responsibility for sales, marketing, and operational management activities in the Middle East and Africa
Shoichi Sakuma
October 1, 2006
Bridgestone Corporation -100%
17 million AED(UAE dirhams)

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