After increasing our output target to 500,000 cars per year by 2018, we began searching for the best engineering talent in automated manufacturing systems. Today, we are excited to announce that Tesla has entered into an agreement to acquire Grohmann Engineering, a world-renowned engineering company in Prüm, Germany, which will become Tesla Grohmann Automation. Led by founder and CEO Klaus Grohmann, Grohmann Engineering is one of the world leaders in highly automated methods of manufacturing. This transaction will bring Mr. Grohmann’s leadership, a world-class team and unique expertise in-house. Moreover, it will serve as the initial base for Tesla Advanced Automation Germany headquarters, with other locations to follow. We expect to add over 1,000 advanced engineering and skilled technician jobs in Germany over the next two years.
It appears that Tesla has been working with Grohmann Engineering for quite a while as they are the leader in lithium ion cell automation. As their relationship developed, Tesla saw that Grohmann Engineering could help them tremendously in automating the massive factories that Tesla has and will build. Elon and his team are preparing not just for the 500k Model 3s in 2018 but rather for the next several years of rapid expansion.