Posts By: Susanne Melcher

Blinkers on? Not at Conti!

Blinkers on? Not at Conti!

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Franziska Neef is passionate about horses. But one thing drives her crazy – blinkers. This is one of the reasons why the 30-year-old qualified engineer loves being at Continental. “For me, Continental is a place where we can develop freely, where nothing really stands in our way,” she enthuses. In her position as the developer…

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Good, Better, Bravo!

Good, Better, Bravo!

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As a young boy, Juan Pablo Bravo sometimes sold lemonade to truck drivers on the streets of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Now he sells truck tires in Miami. And some of them are destined for trucks that transport lemonade. The day he got the offer from Continental he describes as “the best day of my…

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The Team wins.

The Team wins.

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16 games, 11 defeats. But that doesn’t matter: Barbara Wilson still backs her home state of Ohio’s football team, the Cleveland Browns. Her support is unwavering, even though she’s now 500 miles away in Fort Mill, South Carolina. She’s working there in supply chain management for commercial vehicle tires. Commitment, passion, and support are important…

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One for All, All for Conti.

One for All, All for Conti.

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Thierry Wipff sometimes has a bit of an issue with his employees: “They work when I sleep, and they sleep when I work,” he says, laughing. As Head of  Manufacturing  for Continental Commercial Vehicle Tires, the Frenchman is namely responsible for eight plants that are scattered across the globe. And Wipff has a vision: “I would…

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Take it easy? No way!

Take it easy? No way!

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Wilhelm Pollmer carries around reading glasses in his breast pocket in case he needs to read the tiny numbers on a ball bearing. His new caliper gauge has an electronic display. “Now, that I can see without assistance,” the 59-year-old says with a grin. “Otherwise, nothing has changed.” A Conti institution, Wilhelm Pollmer has been…

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The Idea Promoter.

The Idea Promoter.

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His door is always open. To everyone. “If someone has a good idea, they can come to me with it,” says Geert Roik, head of Global Research and Development at Continental Commercial Vehicle Tires. The 58-year-old does not need a tie; he exudes plenty of charisma even in casual attire. But he relies on the…

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Vocation: Inventor.

Vocation: Inventor.

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Enthusiasm is not a priviledge of youth. Neither is creativity. Have a look at Martin Theusner. It is in his blood. The  67-year-old stands in a factory building, a blaring siren signals a problem. He is wearing office clothing, but stains on his shirt or trousers are of no concern to him. “Even my wristwatch had…

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