Continental announces aid for Japan
German tyre and automotive component manufacturer Continental AG has donated 250,000 euros in emergency aid for those living in the regions of Japan destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami. Referring to recent developments, company CEO Dr. Elmar Degenhart said “our thoughts are currently with the people of Japan who are living through one of the country’s worst crises. Management and employees alike have been devastated by the disaster and its consequences.
“Fortunately, our own locations and employees have been largely spared the effects of this catastrophe.” Degenhart shared. “Precisely because of this, and because the Japanese people have always proven to be extremely willing to help in emergencies, we feel it is our duty to provide immediate aid.” The Conti CEO also challenged the company’s employees to become personally involved: “It is important for many Continental employees all over the world to help the people in Japan in their hour of need. This has often been the case in the past. For this reason, we recommend that our employees contact the familiar aid organisations if they wish to make personal donations.”
Dr. Degenhart stated that Continental is “particularly concerned about all our employees in Japan.” He added that the company has set up a crisis team of specialists from various departments “in order to use all of our resources to provide support to our colleagues in Japan and their families.” Continental employs around 950 people at a total of seven locations in Japan.