Enthusiasm is not a priviledge of youth. Neither is creativity. Have a look at Martin Theusner. It is in his blood.

Dr. Martin Theusner is retired but still works for Continental on projects that he started during his active career.

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 to bite the dust,” he explains. He had forgotten to take it off before working on a large magnet. The watch was a write-off, but the machine was working again.

That is Theusner to a T. He always has to get right up close to the problem. Developing, introducing, and implementing his own ideas – that was what most appealed to the chemist with a doctorate in his over 30 years at Continental. And he doesn’t just get his ideas at the desk or in the laboratory. The home kitchen, the scrapyard – for Theusner, there is no place in the world where you can’t acquire another piece of knowledge.

And so, the only role missing among all those in Theusner’s résumé is his actual one: inventor.

Wow, I can only take a bow…

You can also see Mr. Theusner in this video.


Susanne Melcher

Rubber sticks. This is an old saying among tire people. And it's true, at least in my case. I rejoined Continental in 2006 and this time I intend to stay. I am right where I want to be: Communications Commercial Vehicle Tires.

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