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Bridgestone Group Earns Tenth Consecutive Supplier of the Year Award from General Motors.
New York Times, September 29, 2004:
Award from world's largest automaker recognizes excellence in tires and service delivered in 2004

Tokyo (April 28, 2005)--Bridgestone Corporation announced today that the Bridgestone Group has earned a Supplier of the Year award from General Motors Corporation for the tenth year in a row. The award is for excellence in tires and related service provided to General Motors globally in 2004 by Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation and by its subsidiaries, including Nashville, Tennessee-based Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc., and Brussels-based Bridgestone Europe NV/SA. Bridgestone Corporation vice president and senior officer Tatsuya Okajima accepted the award on behalf of the Bridgestone Group at an April 23 ceremony at the General Motors Vehicle Engineering Center in Warren, Michigan.

The GM Supplier of the Year award began as a global program in 1992. Selecting the award winners is a global team of executives from purchasing, engineering, manufacturing, and logistics. The team evaluates award candidates on the basis of performance in quality, service, technology, and price. This year it selected only 78 winners including the Bridgestone Group from among some 3,500 GM suppliers worldwide."Our Supplier of the Year winners are the Best of the Best, and Bridgestone is part of this elite group based on their outstanding performance in 2004," said Bo Andersson, vice president, GM Global Purchasing and Supply Chain."Its balanced focus on performance and behavior support GM's priorities, and make it a role model for suppliers worldwide."

Bridgestone Corporation's Okajima reiterated the Bridgestone Group's pride in earning GM's trust and its commitment to retaining that trust."This is the 10th year in a row that Bridgestone companies have earned this honor as a group. That recognition is evidence of GM's continuing high regard for our efforts and for our results. It is tremendously motivating, and we will redouble our efforts to warrant the confidence placed in us by this valuable partner."

In addition to the ten consecutive GM Supplier of the Year awards for the Bridgestone Group, the group's Mexican member earned two Supplier of the Year awards from GM in 1992 and 1993. So this year's recognition is the 12th overall for Bridgestone Group companies.
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