After a forced break due to missing parts as a result of the situation on the Red Sea, US electric car manufacturer Tesla wants to fully restart production in Grünheide on Monday. However, the production stop did not slow down the ramp-up of the factory - the company made that clear, according to its own statements.
Tesla suspended car production on January 29th due to attacks by the Yemeni Houthi militia on ships in the Red Sea. Because components were missing, the transport routes were shifted. But not everything stood still: Tesla said it continued producing where possible, carried out maintenance and repairs and trained employees.
Tesla started production in Grünheide almost two years ago. The car manufacturer stated that the goal for the first expansion phase was to produce 10,000 cars per week with around 12,000 employees. Most recently, more than 6,000 cars were built per week. According to the company, 12,500 people currently work at Tesla in Grünheide.
According to Tesla, all necessary production parts are again sufficiently available. Plant manager André Thierig told the “Tagesspiegel” that he considered the supply chains to be quite robust and that a lot was produced locally. But he doesn't see the company as completely immune to delivery crises.