Conti’s global truck tire group saw first half sales drop about $32 million year-over-year, and operating income for the group is off 45.9% vs. the first half of 2007. Its operating margin, a key figure for Conti managers, was 4.6% for the half, far off the company’s 10% goal. Comparatively speaking, Conti’s consumer tire and ContiTech divisions delivered margins of 13% and 12.3%, respectively.
Top Conti management had previously stated that under-achievers might be jettisoned. And, with all of its traction, stability, braking and telematics operations, it is no secret that Conti is fashioned around the car, not the over-the-road truck.
Now that it’s embroiled in a cash-burning battle for its independence, could the truck tire group, indeed, be on the blocks?
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