Conti tip: reducing fear of digitization

Hanover (dpa) – The far-reaching restructuring towards software and electronics at Continental wants to be understood by the corporate management as an incentive to alleviate fear of contact with digital forms of work.

“This applies to society as a whole : You have to accompany people, ”said HR director Ariane Reinhart on the 150 – year anniversary that the automotive supplier is celebrating. Transformation always means big changes in the familiar and brings risks for old jobs – but it must be seen more often as a new departure the exploratory talks to form a new government coalition in the federal government. «The signal should be: We want to take you all with us. It’s about building trust and reducing fears. ” As soon as positive effects become more tangible, the need for digitization will also become clearer. “We are very aware of the opportunities in new technologies without having to forget your roots,” said Reinhart.

The Dax group from Hanover is going through a fundamental realignment met with criticism from a number of employees as well as trade unionists and some politicians. Up to 30 000 jobs worldwide are to be “changed” in the current decade, as the management puts it. This includes relocations and deletions. At the same time, however, large training programs are being launched.

“Digitization is also a trailblazer for sustainability,” said Reinhart. “That is why we would like from politics: Let us draw up a common roadmap and adopt our experience from companies, from the social partners and from academia.” To this end, “work packages that can be compared every six months” could be formed. Continental suggests that the government should organize a “transformation summit” at the beginning 2022.

CEO Nikolai Setzer told the German Press Agency that reliability and predictability were expected from Berlin above all in energy, trade and labor market policy. In addition to its complementary business in mechanical engineering, Conti himself will remain primarily a mobility company in the digital and electrical era.

We have been shaping and shaping this area for 150 years, said Setzer on the anniversary. “At first with rubber products for horses, then there were coach coatings, bicycles, cars, and now software. Mobility is and will remain the core of what we do. ” In the second quarter 2022 Conti wants to move into its new headquarters in Hanover.

The head of the business with driver assistance systems, Frank Petznick, said about offers like autonomous driving for complex situations in inner city traffic To be able to build up, Germany needs a well-equipped digital infrastructure. This will be “just as important” as the technology in the cars themselves. “I believe that politicians have now recognized that we also need new guard rails here in order to take the next steps.”

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