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Continental Cutting 5,500 Jobs

Known across the world, the German car part maker Continental is an oft-talked about name for companies like Fox shocks, companies in the auto industry. Recently, they’ve gotten on the news for an announcement that got employees worried.

The auto parts manufacturer has confirmed that it would be cutting 5,500 jobs by 2028 as part of their plans to get annual savings of €500 million, with most of the jobs affected located in their home country of Germany.

This announcement is reported to be due to the slow international car market, combined with the lower demand for combustion engines.

Continental CEO Elmar Degenhart issued a statement saying that the job cull that’ll be affecting Germany, Italy and the US will support the company’s necessary technological shift, and would, in turn, strengthen the company’s competitiveness and future operations.

Continental will be shutting down its site in Roding, Bavaria, which manufactures hydraulic components for petroleum and diesel engines, by 2024. This, consequently, would result in the loss of about 520 jobs.

Following that, Continental will also be stopping diesel injection components in its Limbach-Oberfrohna, Saxony site, which would remove an additional 750 jobs. On top of that, 2,200 jobs are also at risk in Babenhausen in the central state of Hesse.

As for Continental’s Pisa, Italy site, 750 jobs are at risk due to the stop of the production of petrol engine parts by 2028.

Elsewhere, Continental said that Newport, US, will be losing 720 as the site there will be stopping the production of hydraulic components for gas engines by the time 2024 rolls in.

Continental’s global workforce of 240,000 people has had people in the auto industry, including companies like Fox shocks, worried about their workers. The company  have stated, however, that not all of the jobs will be lost, with employees will be given a chance to retrain for other positions, while some positions will be moved to other Continental sites.

Germany’s car industry is huge, accounting for about 5% of the country’s national output, with 800,000 jobs. It’s been hit hard by trade wars, as well as the prospect of a no-deal Brexit. On top of that, electrification and automated driving is demanding automotive companies to make huge investments in new technology.

 

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Benefits Of Buying Original Auto Parts

Certainly, there are advantages of buying used or second hand auto parts or OEM.  Second hand items are generally cheaper and you can have them from friends or auto mechanics. However, the benefits of buying original products supersede second hand items due to a number of reasons. Although original items are higher in price, you can be sure about them. Here are some of the benefits of buying original car parts.

Unquestionable Quality

One of the benefits of buying original car parts is its unquestionable quality. With original items, you can be sure that they will not malfunction, so long as they are fitted properly or installed by a qualified mechanic. If you know how to fit them or if they are simple car parts that do not require technical expertise, you no longer have to pay for a qualified technician to do it. Before buying auto parts for replacement, make sure that you have the right model and number. This will save your time and money. Better yet, have your car checked by a licensed mechanic to determine the right car parts for your vehicle.

Warranty and replacements

One of the things that you can have from an original car part is longer warranty and even replacement if you are not satisfied with the product. OEM and surplus items may have warranties but they are definitely shorter and you cannot be sure if you can get replacements. A warranty gives you the assurance that your purchases will be replaced or checked for free while the items are within the warranty period.

Aesthetics

If you are buying auto parts for aesthetic purposes or to improve your car’s appearance, it would be best to buy original products as they will definitely make your car stand out. Some of the parts that can be improved for aesthetic purposes are tires or wheels, accessories such as wind breaker, side mirror and many others. Purchase the items from a reliable supplier to ensure quality. You can find suppliers online or you can ask from a trusted mechanic for referrals as they can lead you to cheaper, high quality car parts without the hassle.

 

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