Once again, Bridgestone Corp. reigns supreme in Rubber & Plastics News' Global Tire Report.
That doesn't mean it's the world's biggest tire producer.
For 10 years now, the Japan-based tire juggernaut has dominated our annual Top 75 tire companies in the world, ranked by overall sales. And would think that its 188 million tires produced in 2017 would make it No. 1 in tire production as well.
But the real answer may surprise you, Bridgestone doesn't even come close to the real No. 1 in tires produced. Michelin? Goodyear? Conti? Pirelli? No, no, no and nope.
The world's No. 1 tire producer is none other than … Lego Group.
That's right, toy tires count.
The group holds the world record for most tires produced per year at a staggering 318 million—when last reported in 2011—which comes out to about 870,000 tires per day. That's nearly double the amount Bridgestone produced last year, which has held steady at about 180 million since 2013.