By Denna Bowman
Women are challenging the traditional stereo-type that research and development in the automotive industry is a man’s world.
Continental tyres has just revealed that six out of the 11 new recruits on its Explore Tyres Research and Development trainee programme are female.
The new trainees, who come from six different countries, will work through different areas of R&D, production and marketing as part of the programme.
Geert Roik, head of Research & Development Commercial Vehicle Tyres at Continental, explained: “Research and development, particularly in the motor industry, is often an exclusively man’s world. In reality, things are very different today at Continental.
“Over the business year just ended, more than one third of the new appointments in tyre development were women.
“We have also noticed a growing number of women joining our international training programme in tyre research and development. In general, we do aim for a balanced ratio of male and female candidates for these programmes.
“The course year that began on March 1 gives a clear sign with a more than fifty percent share of women. This shows the high standard of specialist qualifications among female candidates.”