At the automotive supplier Continental, the quality problems with hoses are increasing. The Hanover-based company announced on Monday that standards for testing processes for industrial hoses were not always complied with at the location in Korbach in northern Hesse. For example, hoses were not checked as often as required. Since February, the company has been conducting expanded quality tests on all hose types after problems with the cleanliness of air conditioning hoses were discovered. Conti confirmed this before the weekend after "Spiegel" reported on it.
Last year, hose production in Korbach contributed a mid-double-digit million amount to group sales. As a precautionary measure, Conti has suspended the sale and delivery of affected hoses from Korbach until compliance with the testing processes is ensured.