BERLIN — Bridgestone Corp. has earned Volkswagen Group's top supplier honor for innovation and technology, just one of seven VW suppliers globally to be so honored.
During a June 28 ceremeony in Berlin, Volkswagen A.G. CEO Matthias Müller cited Bridgestone's "willingness to explore new pathways" with VW in the areas of e-mobility, battery technology and autonomous driving for being selected for the award.
Paulo Ferrari, CEO and president of Bridgestone Europe/Middle East/Africa, noted, "Innovation is about change, and every change that demands a significant technology upgrade is for us, leaders in the industry, an opportunity — so we are going to ride this wave, anticipate this wave, and together with partners like the Volkswagen Group we can stay ahead of the technology curve."
Bridgestone also is a member of VW's Future Automotive Supply Tracks (FAST) initiative, which recognizes a select circle of 55 suppliers for their ability to implement innovations more efficiently and faster than their competitors.
This strategic dialogue provides these suppliers with regular access to top decision-makers in the VW Group. Bridgestone is the only tire company in the group.