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Bridgestone Corporation signs on as entries open for 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

Bridgestone Corporation signs on as entries open for 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge


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Andrew Moffatt [Managing Director, Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand], the Hon David Ridgeway MLC, Chris Selwood AM [Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Event Director], Mr Ken Oyama [Director of Brand Strategy and Communications Division, Bridgestone Corporation] and Rodney Harrex [chief executive, South Australian Tourism Commission]

Entries for the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge are open, with new regulations for next year’s event now released and the confirmation that Bridgestone Corporation will continue as the Title Sponsor.

The biennial event will run from 13 – 20 October, 2019.  A true test of endurance, the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC) has become the world’s foremost solar technology and advanced engineering challenge with teams competing to create sustainable innovative solar powered electric vehicles able to travel 3,000km from Darwin to Adelaide.

Initial responses have been outstanding with the BWSC already receiving its first entry from the Australian Technology Network (ATN), a group of five universities – including the University of South Australia – banding together for the first time.

Event Director Chris Selwood AM said teams were excited to see the new regulations and eager to lodge their registrations for 2019.

“With the announcement of the 2019 regulations, the wait is over for the teams whose industrial design students are developing their concepts in anticipation of one of the world’s greatest adventures. 

“Next year’s event sees an evolution of the disruptive changes introduced last event which teams will need to apply to their concept.

“Innovation, achievement and adventure are the stuff documentaries are made of.  The concept of Brainsport is design, build, compete.

“With the event increasing its international profile year on year, we are expecting around 45 team registrations from more than 20 countries, and are excited that teams around the world have indicated they are starting to plan their visit to Australia.”

The event, owned and managed by the South Australian Tourism Commission, on behalf of the South Australian Government, is thrilled that Bridgestone Corporation will continue to be the Title Sponsor for 2019. 

Minister for Tourism David Ridgway said for six years, Bridgestone Corporation have been a valuable partner of the World Solar Challenge and the State Government is delighted to see this association continue.

“Bridgestone are a perfect fit because of their commitment to advance innovative technologies, their support for global communities and their pledge to reducing environmental impacts,” Minister Ridgway said.

Mr Oyama, Director of Brand Strategy and Communications Division at Bridgestone Corporation, echoed Minister Ridgway’s sentiments and said the partnership plays a significant role in Bridgestone’s ongoing CSR contributions.  

“On behalf of Bridgestone Corporation, it is our great honour to announce our support of this important event, the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, for the sixth consecutive year since 2013,” Mr Oyama said.

 “The World Solar Challenge is a perfect representation of our commitment to CSR, that is, to enhance future mobility, to advance environmental technologies and to contribute in raising the global leaders for the next generation.” Mr Oyama said.

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