"The way in which Continental AG has communicated the intended closure of the traditional tire plant in Aachen is unacceptable for the state government and has nothing to do with a corporate culture and partnership that has grown in North Rhine-Westphalia and Germany," Laschet told the Handelsblatt “(Thursday edition). To announce extensive plant closures and massive job cuts in such a phase without prior coordination with the employee representatives and state politics does not fit into the tradition of cooperation between employers, employees and politics in North Rhine-Westphalia.
At Continental, one of the two large German tire plants is about to be shut down. In view of the sales crisis in the auto industry, the DAX group plans to shut down production in Aachen with currently around 1.800 jobs. In addition to Korbach in Hesse, the plant is the second central tire location in Germany. The supervisory board still has to agree. A target date for the end of 2021 is assumed, it said. Laschet announced that the state government would work to keep the Aachen tire plant. “We call on the company to work with everyone involved to find a socially acceptable solution. It is now up to the supervisory board to save the company's reputation as a partner and to repair the damage that has been caused. “One is always available for constructive discussions, said Laschet.