HANOVER, Germany—Continental A.G. has restarted production temporarily at its passenger tire plant in Kulaga, Russia, in an effort to keep local workers safe.
According to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Reuters, the tire maker said its "employees and managers in Russia face severe criminal consequences should we refrain from serving local demand."
According to another recent Reuters report, companies halting production or pulling out of Russia could face the country’s bankruptcy law, which could be used to seize assets or even lead to criminal penalties.
Conti said the move did not impact sanctions imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
The company said tires were made for civilians "as a matter of principle" and was not done to drive profits.
Conti said "the basis for this step is the duty of care for our employees in Russia."
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