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Continental resumes tyre manufacturing in Russia

Continental has said it has temporarily resumed production at a car tyre plant in Russia because employees could face criminal charges if they did not. It had previously being attributed to Russian prosecutors last month that employees could face arrest if they shut production of essential goods.

The company says that it is a duty of care to their employees issue and not a profit-driven decision.

Continental said that its products made at this factory are for civilian use in the local market. The plant ceased manufacturing in the second week of March, in line with sanctions imposed on Moscow.

President Putin said last month that Russia could seize assets of companies that abandon their operations in the country.

Continental has previously said that it is working on shifting production from their Russia plant.

Tyretrade.ie has reported previously on Nokian Tyres keeping their factories in Russia operating. Following Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, Nokian Tyres said it moved production of “selected key product lines” out of Russia and into Finland and the United States.

Nokian Tyres also explained the decision to retain its manufacturing operation in Russia, a facility that reportedly produced 82 per cent of its passenger and light commercial vehicle tyres last year.