Hanover/Kuala Lumpur, April 28, 2016. The leading technology company Continental has appointed a new Head of Business Region Asia Pacific (APAC) Truck Tire. Patrick Haarmann assumed this position on March 1 and is now responsible for the truck tires replacement business in the Asia Pacific region, located at the APAC headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. In his new function he directly reports to Andreas Esser, Executive Vice President and head of Continental‘s business unit Commercial Vehicle Tires. Haarmann is the successor of Benoit Henry who now works for Continental in Mexico.
“I am pleased to lead the team towards our vision of offering the lowest overall driving costs and to become the preferred solution provider for all our truck tire customers in the Asia Pacific region,” said Haarmann on his direction for APAC in the future.
Prior to his new role, Patrick Haarmann was the plant manager at Continental’s commercial vehicle tires plant in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, for more than two years. Before that he served for six years as Vice President at Continental’s research & development center for passenger car tires and motor cycle tires in Hanover, Germany. Haarmann also worked several years for Continental in France and Portugal. Altogether, he has been in the company for nearly 20 years - where he began as a trainee after earning his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Continental Commercial Vehicle Tires’ business region APAC covers 15 markets in the Asia Pacific region. These markets are: Australia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Continental develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2015, the corporation generated sales of €39.2 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tires, and ContiTech. Continental employs more than 208,000 people in 55 countries.
The Tire Division currently has more than 24 production and development locations worldwide. The broad product range and continuous investments in R&D make a major contribution to cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility. As one of the world's leading tire manufacturers with about 49,000 employees, the Tire Division achieved sales of €10.4 billion in 2015.
Continental Commercial Vehicle Tires is one of the largest manufacturers of truck, bus and commercial specialty tires worldwide. The business unit is continuously developing from a pure tire manufacturer to a solution provider, offering a broad range of products, services and tire-related solutions.