Conti changes policy on Russia

By David Shaw, ERJ editor

Athens–Continental AG has quietly changed its approach to the Russian market. Following the debacle with Moscow Tyre, Conti is no longer seeking a manufacturing base in the country, but instead is focussing on building up its retail and wholesale operations, while waiting for import tariffs to drop as Russia moves toward World Trade Organisation membership.

Conti has also set up a new company to oversee its operations in Russia. Continental Tyres Russ, headed by Jaron Wiedmaier. Wiedmaier told ERJ exclusively, “We have…

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