Jeff Klei, President of North America Operations, Continental AG talked with John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show,
We’re looking at the auto industry through the autoparts supplier eyes. The car companies are doing better, are the suppliers doing better?
Continental AG is a global business. Twenty percent of Continental’s business is in the United States. Continental tires is the third largest tire company globally, the first in Europe. But most people don’t realize that Continental could practically put a car together themselves!
Did Klei expect Chrysler to be dead by now?
Many had said that if one of the Big 3 didn’t get a bailout that many suppliers would have gone under. Was that the case?
Is the electric vehicle push changing Continental’s business?
Is Continental concerned about how much EV technology is being done in-house instead of being sought, and purchased, by suppliers?
Would Continental have a problem with raw materials, and supplies, if the auto industry were to go to 14 million?
What would be in the shortest supply?
Klei discusses the difference between trucks, SUVs, CUVs and cars.