Bridgestone Adelaide Celebrates 81 Years History With New Headquarter
(Bridgestone HQ - 210 Greenhill Road, Eastwood, SA)
Bridgestone is structuring a new head office in Adelaide, stating the company want to retain its commitment to the city where the company had started in 1939 under the name: SA Rubber Mills.
Bridgestone Adelaide's managing director, Stephen Roche, said the decision behind for the company still to remain the head office in Adelaide because they want to show support to the state and its people whom have helped shaped the company over 81 years of its existence until today.
“We’re charmed to commit to the next phase of Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand’s history in Adelaide, and continue our history in South Australia from a brand-new corporate headquarters. South Australia has been the pivot of Bridgestone’s operations in Australia since the beginning, and we’re delighted to continue to give back to the state that shaped the company we are now,” he said.
The building is conjectured to be completed later this year, is currently under construction at 210 Greenhill Road, Eastwood, Adelaide’s inner south. The construction follows the company’s 80th anniversary last year with a lineage back to 1939. The company had evolved and advanced to become Uniroyal Tyres before developing into Bridgestone Australia in 1981.
Its history had seen the company be the sole rubber supplier to the Holden cars, manufactured in Australia, in 1948.
Bridgestone’s investment in South Australia would go beyond than tyres and business operations, that means the company will continue supporting to a network of community initiatives throughout the state.
The company has seen be a long term partnership with Leukaemia Foundation and a partner of the charity’s patient support village in Adelaide. In November last year, the site, which had been once the former Bridgestone’s tyre factory, was turned into an athletics track. The 6.8 hectare site has been named Bridgestone Reserve, has a fitness trail, grassed ovals, a toilet block, carpark, barbecue and picnic areas. The site was donated to City of Salisbury when Bridgestone closed its plant in 2010, and then transformed into a 400-metre athletics track. Bridgestone said the donation of the land to the City of Salisbury echoed the sentiments of Bridgestone’s founder, Mr. Shojiro Ishibashi, whose name translated to Stone Bridge, who always aimed to benefit the society through the provision of sporting facilities for the community around its original factory based in Kurume, Japan.