DRESDEN, Germany — Stefan Hartung took over as global chairman of Robert Bosch, the world's largest auto parts supplier, at the beginning of the year at a critical moment in the company's history.
Hartung is charged with steering Bosch through a range of short-term challenges, such as a semiconductor shortage, war in Ukraine and the potential for a recession, while also ensuring that Bosch remains an industry leader as vehicles electrify and become more automated.
Last month, Bosch pledged $3 billion (all figures in USD) in investment in more of its own microchip production, research and support activity.
In his first one-on-one interview with a U.S. news outlet as Bosch chairman, Hartung spoke with Staff Reporter John Irwin at the supplier's new semiconductor plant in Dresden. Here are edited excerpts.