Continental employees, from 126 locations around the world, generated 310,000 ideas which saved the company €120 million.
The staff ideas were implemented to boost the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the international automotive supplier in 2011.
“In comparison to the previous year, the number of ideas submitted has risen by 3%,” Elke Strathmann, Continental HR Director, explained, “and net savings have increased by 22% globally.
“In particular, the management and values culture in the company is a success factor and shows the employees’ strong identification with the company and their commitment to idea management.”
Internal awards are presented each year in the framework of Continental’s Idea Management (CIM), which has been actively promoted in a comparable form since 1930.
The winner is the location with the highest number of points, consisting of the number of participants, the number of ideas implemented, and the calculated net savings.
“CIM is a controlled process with which we actively promote our employees and their creativity,” Matthias Nehrhoff, Head of Corporate Idea Management, Continental, said.
“The focus of the ideas is not on cost saving. The employees’ ideas help optimise processes and quality as well as improve environmental protection, occupational health and safety.
“Furthermore, we boost the motivation and development of our employees while at the same time enhancing their sense of identification with our company.”
In the worldwide locations category, Icheon, South Korea, came top of the list. The South Korea facility saw 730 employees submit more than 33,500 ideas that were implemented successfully. That translates to 46 implemented ideas per employee.
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