Continental to cut 7,150 jobs worldwide “by 2025 at the latest”

As part of a savings plan aimed at increasing its competitiveness for the delicate transition to electric mobility, the German automotive supplier Continental announced the elimination of 7,150 positions worldwide on Wednesday February 14.

“Approximately 5,400 jobs will be affected” in administration, and 1,750 in the research and development branch, “by 2025 at the latest”said the group in a press release which details the restructuring plan announced at the end of 2023. This represents more than 3% of the group’s entire workforce.

The objective of the program is in particular to achieve 400 million euros in savings by and in the company’s automotive division. This plan provides for “rationalize and simplify” activity, by bringing together administrative or research and development units.

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Energy costs too high

“We will thus strengthen collaboration, exploit synergies and shorten development times – and thus improve our long-term competitiveness”, justified Philipp von Hirschheydt, responsible for automobiles within the group’s management board. Job cuts “will be implemented gradually” and of “the most socially responsible way possible”a promise to the group.

Like the entire sector in Germany, the company is suffering from excessively high energy costs and the difficult transition to electric mobility in a sector which has built its success on thermal cars.

Last summer Continental, one of the world’s largest equipment manufacturers, had already announced the closure of one of its German factories, in Gifhorn, arguing that costs were too high and that demand was falling.

The German Bosch, world leader, announced in mid-January a plan to cut 1,200 jobs in its embedded electronic systems division. A month earlier, it planned a plan to cut 1,500 jobs at two sites in Germany manufacturing transmissions. And the ZF group has also announced the closure of two factories in quick succession in recent months in Germany, with several hundred positions eliminated.

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The World with AFP