The new Bosch boss Stefan Hartung is impressed by the federal government’s crisis management. “I think politics has scored points in the past few months,” he said
“I have seen politicians who decide quickly, act adaptively and are deeply involved in the issues on a daily basis. I experience this almost every week in exchange and am positively surprised.” The federal government also had to react to crises from day one. “Respect, some are in top form,” praised the Bosch boss.
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Hartung does not expect the crisis mode to end anytime soon. “The framework conditions are and will remain difficult, including the supply of raw materials and energy costs.” The situation in China is what particularly worries him.
Higher raw material costs would have direct consequences for the transformation of mobility. “Expensive raw materials make batteries more expensive and thus electric cars,” said Hartung. The prices for e-cars would not fall as quickly as originally expected.
The war in Ukraine is a humanitarian catastrophe, and drafting a post-war scenario in business with Russia is currently not possible. “I don’t know if and how Bosch can stay in Russia in view of the sanctions because nobody knows when and how this war will end,” Hartung said.
Bosch employs 3,500 people at three locations in Russia. “We will definitely not be able to go back to the way things were before. It will be a different world that we still have to build up,” Hartung told Tagesspiegel Background.