DRESDEN, Germany — Stefan Hartung took over as CEO 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 in investment in more of its own microchip production, research and support activity.
Hartung spoke with Automotive News Staff Reporter John Irwin at the supplier's new semiconductor plant in Dresden. Here are edited excerpts.