From Rubber & Plastics News
Hanover, Germany-Continental AG will invest over $24 million this year in its Hanover-Stoecken tyre plant to optimise tyre production and process technology for commercial vehicle tyres, after workers at the site agreed to a package of work rule changes designed to make the facility more competitive.
Among the changes agreed to, are increases in automation, streamlining of the internal organization and the â€œpragmatic applicationâ€ of flexible opening clauses in collective agreements, Continental said. These are designed to help cut costs and safeguard jobs in the medium term. Conti balanced a â€œnecessary adjustmentâ€ in working hours by agreeing to pay into the employee pension fund.
The firm said the agreement came after â€œdifficult negotiationsâ€ with IG BCE (Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union) and the employee council at the Stoecken plant.
Both parties stressed that the agreement will help counter the persistent pressure on prices from both the automotive industry and the end users.