Bridgestone Corporation was founded in 1931 by Shojiro Ishibashi (Ishibashi Shōjirō) in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan. The name Bridgestone comes from a literal translation and transposition of ishibashi, meaning "stone bridge" in Japanese. It is currently the second largest tire manufacturer in the world, next to Michelin, and is Japan's largest tire manufacturer.
After World War II Bridgestone started manufacturing motorcycles, but its main income was from supplying tires to its rival motorcycle makers such as Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha and it was later decided to cease motorcycle manufacturing.
The Bridgestone Cycle Co., Ltd. offers bicycles under its own brand and under the Anchor brand. Their initial entry into the American market was as manufacturers of mountain bicycles, whose philosophy was traditionalists eschewing the latest fads and styles; although their products were viewed as well-made, this did not provide the desired market penetration.
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