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Hans-Rudolf Hein Leaving BMW to Join Bridgestone

According to his own words, Hans-Rudolf Hein – in charge of tyre and wheel development at BMW – will after 32 years turn his back on the automobile industry to join Bridgestone Europe at the start of next year.

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While he cites private reasons for the change, he also states that he’s always wanted to know what it’s like to work for a tyre manufacturer. Among other things, Hein will in his new position be responsible for representing Bridgestone’s point of view in various committees and organisations.

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When asked by Tyres & Accessories whether leaving BMW will lead to a change at the vehicle manufacturer in terms of the fitment of its cars with run-flat tyres, Hein denies that it will. Although Hein can be described as one of the driving forces behind BMW’s run-flat strategy, he claims that the German manufacturer’s cars will continue to be seen rolling on run-flats in the future. “For sure an individual can move some things, but in a company of BMW’s size things do not depend on a single person all alone,” he says. (Tyres & Accessories/Staffordshire, U.K.)

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