Tokyo (May 20, 2010) — The Bridgestone Corporation has been named a 2009 Supplier of the Year (SOY) by the Boeing Company. Bridgestone was one of fourteen companies honored for exceptional commitment to excellence in working with Boeing. This is the first time that Bridgestone has received the title.
Bridgestone was selected from an elite group of among more than 12,000 active Boeing suppliers in nearly 100 countries around the world. This selection was based on stringent performance criteria for quality, delivery performance, cost, environmental initiatives, customer service and technical expertise.
The award ceremony was held on April 13, in Seattle, Wash., in the United States. Ray Conner, Boeing Enterprise Leader of Supplier Management and Vice President and General Manager of Supply Chain Management and Operations for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and Stan Deal, Vice President and General Manager, of Supplier Management at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, presented the award to Shigeru Niho, Director of the Specialty Tire Division, and Joe Rayna, CEO and President of Bridgestone Aircraft Tire (USA), Inc.
Additionally, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is scheduled to go into commission with Bridgestone aircraft radial tires.