Interview with Dr. Ralf Cramer, CEO of Continental China
Realising dreams of mobility, that is the credo of Continental. As a company acting globally, it creates, develops, produces and markets indispensable technological solutions. Continental was founded as a public limited company in 1871 in Hannover under the name Continental-Caoutchouc und Gutta-Percha Compagnie. In the main plant in Hannover, soft rubber products, rubberised fabrics and solid tires for carriages and bicycles were manufactured. The first successes in development and production were celebrated: production of ‘pneumatic tyres’ without profile for cars began in 1898. Six years later, Continental was the first company in the world to develop ‘profile tyres’ for cars. Continental AG has become a public limited company which has over 200,000 employees at over 200 locations in 53 countries. Dr Ralf Cramer, who lives in Shanghai, is a member of the Executive Board of Continental AG and Chairman of the Executive Board of Continental China. He has opened the doors for us and granted us a glimpse of his daily life at Continental and the life he leads in China.