Bridgestone: Foundation, Expansion, Controversies, Company Information, Technological Innovation, Environmental Programs, Firestone, Motorsport, Product Lines and more

Table Of Contents Introduction Bridgestone History Foundation Expansion Controversies Subsidiaries Bridgestone: Company Information Bridgestone Americas Bridgestone Europe Bridgestone Australia Bridgestone Asia Pacific Bridgestone: Company Profile Plants and Other Infrastructure Research and Development Facilities Corporate Profile Bridgestone: Corporate Headquarters The Bridgestone Essence – Corporate Philosophy of Bridgestone Bridgestone: Technological Innovation How Bridgestone has kept pace with the changing user demands Environmental Friendliness and Bridgestone Conservation of Materials: The Bridgestone Approach Bridgestone Tire Service Life Run-flat Technology – A Triumph of Innovation at Bridgestone Retread Technology by Bridgestone How is retreading different than conventional production? How it works Bridgestone Software Co. Ltd. Bridgestone and Acquisition of Firestone Career Opportunities at Bridgestone Bridgestone in Motorsport Bridgestone and Formula Racing Bridgestone and Other Car Racing Tournaments Bridgestone Motorcycling Bridgestone: Products, Services and Licensing Bridgestone Tires Bridgestone Bicycles Bridgestone Golf Products Bridgestone Industrial Products Bridgestone Construction Materials Bridgestone Electro-Materials Bridgestone MONITRIX Support Software Bridgestone Miscellaneous

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What to do with used bike tires?

What to do with used bike tires? Introduction Biking has been one of the most popular exercise activities around the world for decades. It’s strange to think that it wasn’t too long ago that many people would regularly use bikes on daily basis for their commute. As we witness more and more of vehicles, the benefits of using bikes can be advocated on a number of levels – from physical to environmental. Many multinational companies, including the likes of Google and Facebook, actively encourage their employees to use bikes for commute. Even though bikes have much lesser impact on the environment in terms of their carbon footprint, there’s one problem that most cyclists and bike owners face without exceptions. What to do with used bike tires? Most of the metal framework of bikes can be easily scrapped and there are dozens of scrap merchants in every town who would be

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Recycled Used Tires

Introduction “Creating things takes a lot of hard work and genius, no doubt. But it takes even more ingenuity and hard work to use the creations wisely, to not let them turn into waste once used, to make sure that the very mother earth we took so much from is not left for the worse because of her own generosity and kindness. It takes a sensitive mind to be aware of one’s ways.” D. Thoreau (Walden, 1854) This quote from a man who has had immense influence on generations of thinkers, philosophers, educators, scientists, politicians, businessmen and common people sums up the majority of problems that the mankind faces today. The evolution of technology has indeed made our lives simpler, easier and more convenient. But in the process, we have invariably impacted the nature – our only source of useful things – in many negative ways. Talking about technology, a

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Opening Strategy, Print Media and Outdoor Advertising

OPENING STRATEGY A realistic first-year’s budget is at least 10 percent of projected gross sales. Some stores have done well with a big opening campaign then coasted on a large amount of word-of-mouth advertising. The most successful loudest though use regular media advertising. The opening phase of your advertising program will be the key to your long term success. You should plan a grand opening preceded by a preopening promotional campaign. The grand opening is actually your formal opening of which you will make major announcements most effectively through direct mail and newspaper/magazine advertising. You want to build your volume up as fast as possible in this business in order to protect your cash flow. There are a lot of things you can do locally to build your image as a tire expert that can cost you little but pay big dividends. It must start with a strong grand opening.

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Designing Flyers, Mailers, Brochures and Promotion

FLYERS & MAILERS Handbills     Handbills can be an inexpensive and highly effective form of advertising for small-business owners. They are especially useful to announce your grand opening for periodic reminders of the merchandise and services (if any) that you offer and for advertising special sales. Plan handbills carefully with attention to layout message appeal headlines and appearance. A good printer can advise you on the quality of paper to use overall appearance size cost and similar factors, however do not depend on your printer to help with the sales message or the advertising copy. Since the use of handbills is likely to be undertaken partly because of low cost there is a real danger that efficient distribution may be neglected. Select reliable distributors and pay adequately for the work. Either you or some other competent adult should supervise distribution. Organized SAMPLE HANDBILL **** GRAND OPENING **** Davis Tire &

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Choosing Name, Operating Hours and Services After the Sale (tire shop)

CHOOSING A NAME From an advertising standpoint the best name for your business is one that describes your tire business e.g. “One Stop Tire Center.” When businesses strive for uniqueness by using non-descriptive names many potential customers pass them by not realizing the business offers the very product they need. This word of caution also applies to arty signs that don’t convey the nature of the business. If you use your full name in the title of the business such as “Jonathan Harrington Tire Center” or “Sam Younger Tire Co. you will (if you pay your bills on time) improve your personal credit as you build your company’s credit. This process can also build prestige in the community. After a time people will immediately recognize your name. If disaster enters the picture and your business goes broke your personal credit rating will also suffer. Consider building up your personal credit

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Replacing Tires, Fixing Flats and Other Auto Services

REPLACING A TIRE It is not our purpose to give you instruction in the technical or mechanical aspects of removing and replacing tires. Manufacturers of air-fed tire-changing equipment help buyers learn how to operate it. The purpose of this report is to show you how to run a tire store based on the expertise in the field that you either possess or can hire intelligently. Offer custom wheel work for luxury cars but you need not stock a whole line of specialized inventory. Most tire suppliers can give you quick turnaround on special orders. The tire changing machinery in this spacious shop is located within a few feet of 2S *1 every general service person. The air compressor here is inside the shop. To save everybody’s ears consider putting your outside either underground or in an outbuilding. That said we can tell you that you should be aware of a

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Estimation of Sales and Profits and The Business Plan (tire shops)

ESTIMATING SALES AND PROFITS Whether the primary purpose of a projected operating statement is to obtain a bank loan estimate cash requirements or provide information for management planning you should create such a statement BEFORE you start your business. Later as operating data become available update and refine your projections regularly. The steps for estimating monthly sales and profits are as follows: 1.        Start with the store size in square feet. 2.        Estimate the annual sales per square foot for the business based on sales per square foot for other businesses in the same trade area and similar businesses in other areas. 3.        Calculate the total annual sales volume: dollars per square foot x square feet = total sales. 4.        Estimate the seasonal sales patterns for the business attributing varying percentages of the total volume to each month of the year. 5.        Allocate the total annual sales calculated in step

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Financing and Additional Business Resources for Tire Shops

FINANCING Raising start-up capital and financing ongoing operations is clearly a wide-ranging subject. It sometimes seems impossible to separate the myriad details you need to be aware of in order to put your business on a firm financial footing. Do not worry needlessly about any bewilderment you may initially experience. Veteran financial planners are the first to admit that the question of raising money is broad and is in large measure a function of the sophistication and experience of the person involved. How does the “little guy the one who’s never raised capital before go about raising money? Simply stated you can attempt to have others raise the capital for you or try to raise it through your own resources. However a fairly well-defined set of rules comes into play depending upon the course you take. If you seek all of your capital from one large investor you will end

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Fixtures, Valve Stems, Weights, Patching, Materials and Insurance (tire business)

FIXTURES The broad category of “fixtures” can include such items as partitions paneling signage storage shelves and/or cabinets lighting checkout counter(s) and all shelves tables’ stands wall systems and showcases and related hardware for product display. The cost of fixtures depends upon a number of variables including: the shop’s location, its size and present condition, the type of merchandise to be sold, what kind of image you want it to project, and whether new or used fixtures are purchased. There is sometimes a blurry line between fixtures and leasehold improvements. So a contractor might lump a share of the fixture expenditures into the leasehold improvement category. If you are handy with tools and able to design and build display fixtures and make the desired renovations in your intended retail space then by all means do so and save you some money. Even an amateur handyperson should be able to put

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