Continental Looks to Increase Employee Count to 7,000


AUBURN HILLS — Assuming the market develops accordingly, the international automotive supplier Continental looks to increase its number of employees to around 7,000 in 2014. This would bring the number on its payroll to approximately 185,000 by the end of the year. By the end of 2013, the number of employees had already climbed to roughly 178,000.

“The larger workforce reflects our business success. In 2014 alone, we are expecting to increase sales by 5 percent to around 35 billion euros. Alongside the expansion of production capacities, it is new markets and new technologies that are driving our growth – and this applies to the workforce as well.  We are thus well-advised to position ourselves as globally as possible to comply with our strategic dimension of better serving customers by working in the market for the market,” explains Elke Strathmann, a continental executive board member responsible for HR. 

In 2013, Continental created jobs chiefly in China, approximately 1,800, North America, approximately 1,500, and Romania approximately 1,500. There were also jobs added in Germany, close to 1,400. 

Continental had sales of around €33.3 billion in 2013.