Conti supervisors confirm the end for plants in Karben and Aachen

The automotive supplier Continental will close its plants in Karben and Aachen, one by the end of 2021, the other three years later. The chemical union criticizes the “clear-cutting concept”.

Protest: Human chain from Conti employees in Karben in September

Dhe supervisory board of the automotive supplier Continental has confirmed the comprehensive closure plans of the group. The tire plant in Aachen will be given up at the end of 2021, the location for automotive electronics in Karben, Hesse, by the end of 2024, as the company announced in Hanover on Wednesday. In addition, the Regensburg site is to be rebuilt. A total of around 4800 jobs are affected at the three locations. In addition to the loss of jobs, this also includes retraining of employees and the relocation of jobs.

Employee representatives immediately criticized the decision. The chairman of the union IG BCE, Michael Vassiliadis, spoke of a “clear-cutting concept” of the company. “Continental has offended the entire team, damaged its own corporate culture and trampled on corporate co-determination,” he said. Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) had already shown himself irritated about the extent of the savings plans.

The plant closings are part of a tightened austerity program at the world’s second largest auto supplier. Under the pressure of structural change in the auto industry and the Corona sales crisis, Conti wants to “change” a total of 30,000 jobs worldwide, 13,000 of them in Germany. The aim of the group is to save more than one billion euros annually from 2023 onwards.