Continental is restructuring the group

Released on 30.09. 2021

  • The automotive supplier wants to strengthen the central future topic of its own software development. Photo: Julian Stratenschulte

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Downsizing and cost savings are mostly core goals when companies are rearranging themselves internally. This also applies to Conti’s latest plans. Above all, one area should play a prominent role.

Hanover (dpa) – With a corporate restructuring, Continental wants to streamline its structure and also strengthen the central future topic of its own software development Supervisory board meeting. From January 2022 all activities are to be integrated into just three corporate divisions: automotive, tires and the industrial business Contitech. A sub-unit for “Software and Systems Excellence” will be located in the first division. From the turn of the year, it will be a separate part there alongside five other business areas.

In addition, the Hanover-based company will turn the previously combined business areas tires (tires) and industry (Contitech) into two independent business areas. The tire division was recently one of the most profitable in the Dax group, although a number of jobs are being cut here. New jobs are mainly created in software, sensors and electronics. In total, there will be up to 09 at Conti in the next few years. 000 Places on the test bench worldwide.

Five instead of seven units

In In addition to the software and system specialists, there are now five subordinate business areas to the new structure of the core automotive supplier area. These are network technology and high-performance computers, display and control elements, mobility services, autonomous driving and safety technologies. In the previous structure, everything was distributed over seven units and tailored differently – IT only appeared as one of many overarching “central functions”.

The entire new business area is to be headed by CEO Nikolai Setzer . The managers Helmut Matschi – responsible for vehicle networking – and Frank Jourdan – autonomous driving / safety technology – are leaving the company prematurely as a result of the structural changes. The current seven-strong Conti executive board will thus be reduced to five managers.

The new software and system unit will also be responsible for the central development of the vehicle networking and information business area. IT and technology boss Gilles Mabire will be in charge of it.

Supervisory board chairman Wolfgang Reitzle justified the restructuring with a more direct focus on the most important industry topics: «The strategic realignment is being accelerated and Continental with a view to the transformation of the mobility industry is agile, market-driven and future-oriented. ” Setzer was also quoted in the communication: “We are bundling our competencies, especially in the area of ​​software.” In addition, the complexity will decrease.

The Continental Works Council sees some of its own demands confirmed in the new structure. “It is right and consistent to dissolve principalities and thus basically let the structure follow the strategy,” said the head of the employee representatives, Hasan Allak. It is a shame, however, that “the company has lost very good specialists and executives, also because of the delayed decision on personnel consequences at management level”. There had been fierce disputes in the group as well as with unions and state governments about cuts in the tire division, but also in other areas.

The new structure should not be used as a pretext for further ones The works council warned that it was necessary to push through staff cuts: “Many colleagues in research and development are overloaded with customer projects.” And the recently completed spin-off of the drive technology division into the Vitesco company was associated with less administrative work. «The new structures must be used to better deploy resources and to relieve our colleagues.»

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