Bridgestone Corporation Recognized by General Motors as a 2015 Supplier of the Year Winner

Award marks 14th time company has received this distinction

Tokyo (March 17, 2016) - Bridgestone Corporation and its global family of companies was named a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors during its 24th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony held Thursday, March 10 at Cobo Center in Detroit, Mich. This is the 14th time Bridgestone Corporation has received the award.

GM recognized 110 of its best suppliers from 17 countries who have consistently exceeded GM's expectations, created outstanding value, or brought new innovations to the company. The announcement represented the most suppliers GM has recognized since debuting the Supplier of the Year event in 1992.

24th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony

(From left to right)
Brandon Vivian - Executive Director, Global Product Development, Chassis, GM
John Behr - Sr. Director, OE Account Management, Bridgestone
Americas Tire Operations
Gary Garfield - CEO & President, Bridgestone Americas
Mike Martini - President, Original Equipment, U.S. and Canada Tire Sales Division, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations
Wade Sheffer - Executive Director, Global Chassis Purchasing, GM

"This award is a tribute to our employees worldwide who engineer the high quality tires and provide the exceptional service that outstanding partners like GM have come to expect from Bridgestone," said Mike Martini, president, original equipment, U.S. and Canada Consumer Tire Sales Division, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. "We are honored that GM has recognized us for a 14th time for providing innovative solutions to meet the emerging needs of their customers."

Martini, alongside Gary Garfield, president and CEO, Bridgestone Americas and John Behr, senior director, original equipment account management, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, accepted the honor on behalf of the company.

"We are focused on building positive supplier relationships, bringing new, customer-centric innovations to GM, and being the OEM of choice among suppliers," said Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. "The companies we recognize not only have brought innovation, they delivered it with the quality our customers deserve."

GM's 2015 supplier recognition represents a nearly 40 percent increase in the number of suppliers honored compared to 79 recipients in 2014. More than half of the suppliers are repeat winners from 2014.

Winning suppliers were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing, and logistics executives and selected based on performance criteria in Product Purchasing, Indirect Purchasing, Customer Care and Aftersales and Logistics.


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.

About General Motors Co.:
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at