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Continental CEO says jobs will be lost in shift to electric cars

FRANKFURT The shift to electric vehicles will cost jobs at German automotive supplier Continental, its chief executive told a newspaper, but he said many of those jobs would be offset by new positions related to electro-mobility.

“Due to the low added value, production jobs will be lost,” German weekly paper Welt am Sonntag quoted Elmar Degenhart as saying in a summary of an article to be published on Sunday.

He said it was too soon to say whether the number of jobs that would be lost would be bigger of smaller than the number of new positions created.

“There is enough time to design the process such that the blow is softened and major pain can be avoided,” he said.

Some 30,000 of 218,000 jobs at Continental are dependent on combustion engines, the paper said.

Continental said last month it would increase spending on electric-car components in coming years but expects to avert any major impact on its earnings through additional sales from new R&D projects.

(Reporting by Maria Sheahan; editing by Susan Thomas)

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