Continental restarts tyre making at Russian plant to protect workers – Reuters

April 20, 2022 by No Comments

The logo of Continental AG, a German automotive manufacturing company specialized in tyres, brakes and car safety products is pictured on a rim at the company’s stand during the Hannover Fair in Hanover, Germany, April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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  • Production restart aimed at meeting local demand
  • Staff could face charges unless production restarts
  • Production restart is not profit-driven

FRANKFURT, April 19 (Reuters) – German car parts supplier Continental AG (CONG.DE) has temporarily resumed tyre production for passenger cars at its Russian plant in Kaluga, it said on Tuesday, to protect local workers who could otherwise face criminal charges.

Continental said the move was aimed at meeting local demand and in line with sanctions imposed on Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine, which Russia calls a “special military operation”.

“Our employees and managers in Russia face severe criminal consequences should we refrain from serving local demand,” said Continental, adding that its products were made for civilian use as a matter of principle.

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Continental, which on March 8 said that production at the plant had been suspended, did not elaborate on the potential charges staff might face.

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