Tesla Issues Statement On Establishment Of Manufacturing Facility In China

3 months ago by Eric Loveday 5

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Tesla Model X in China

It’s not exactly a done deal, but it’s close.

Tesla is almost to the point of putting ink on paper to bring manufacturing to China.

Tesla Beijing

Initial reports of Tesla working on a deal for a factory in China have now been confirmed by the automaker.

Tesla issued this statement to Quartz:

“Tesla is working with the Shanghai Municipal Government to explore the possibility of establishing a manufacturing facility in the region to serve the Chinese market. As we’ve said before, we expect to more clearly define our plans for production in China by the end of the year.”

“Tesla is deeply committed to the Chinese market, and we continue to evaluate potential manufacturing sites around the globe to serve the local markets. While we expect most of our production to remain in the US, we do need to establish local factories to ensure affordability for the markets they serve.”

If Tesla finalizes a deal, then the automaker would be able to work around the import tax that currently drives up prices of the Model S/X in China by some 50%.

China does typically require outside automakers to sign joint venture agreements with local automakers in order to manufacture vehicles within the country, so we expect Tesla will have to follow suit in this regard.

Source: QZ

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5 responses to "Tesla Issues Statement On Establishment Of Manufacturing Facility In China"

  1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Pro: Will almost certainly lead to a significant improvement in Tesla’s income from the China market, and its profit margin in that market.

    Con: Yet another example of an American manufacturing company knuckling under to China’s unfair trade practices, and its ongoing aggressive efforts to pry away and/or steal industrial trade secrets from other countries, using every means, fair and foul.

    1. They might possibly be able to simply say: “China, you already have been invited to take any of our existing and published Patents, and use them, but we noticed you have not! Why Not? If you have not used our openly shared intellectual property, hiw would you gain any benefit from our more difficult to implement elements?”

      1. KieranMullen says:

        Not all processes were patented. That would require documentation.

    2. Counter-Strike Cat says:

      The Amerikan NSA is hacking the world to steal from everyone.

  2. Dav8or says:

    When China has better fighter jets than us and they have better ships than us with better weapons systems and better satellites and better guns we can thank all these US/China joint “partnerships” for our new over lords.

    We get quick big corporate profits and they get technology and knowledge. Eventually, they will have both and we will have a load millionaires and billionaires living here, but not much else as all these same companies that “partnered” will either have gone out of business from Chinese competition, or will have been bought wholly by China.

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