Tesla acquired Grohmann Engineering to create Tesla Advanced Automation Germany (Image Credit: flickr via TC)
A longtime Grohmann engineering executive was forced out after he disagreed with CEO Elon Musk over the firms new strategy, following the recent acquisition.
Klaus Grohmann had different plans for his company, than that of Elon Musk's future goals for Tesla Advanced Automation Germany. Now that Musk has taken the reins, expected changes are falling into place. We recently reported that Musk has cut the supplier's affiliation with competing German automakers, and there was a possibility of a strike, which ended with the Silicon Valley electric automaker upping employees pay.
The acquisition of Grohmann was a key play in Tesla's push to produce 500,000 vehicles per year by the close of 2018. Grohmann is a supplier of automated equipment that will help to make this goal a reality. Musk is a huge advocate for automation and often preaches about the "machine that builds the machine," which is the direction that Tesla Advanced Automation Germany is set to take, as the automaker moves into the future.
Klaus Grohmann is the founder of the German engineering supplier that the Palo Alto automaker previously referred to as a:
"World leader in highly automated manufacturing".
"Under the continued leadership of Mr Grohmann, several critical elements of Tesla's automated manufacturing systems will be designed and produced in Pruem, to help make our factories the most advanced in the world."
Musk had no intention to eliminate Klaus from the equation, and Klaus planned to remain involved, following the acquisition. However, sources with knowledge about the matter explained that he couldn't agree with the fact that Musk wanted the firm to focus solely on Tesla, and cut ties with its long time customers; specifically German automakers Daimler and BMW. Grohmann also worked for Bosch, Intel, Roche, and Abbot Laboratories.
Reuters spoke with Klaus over the phone, but he would not divulge any specific information. He simply stated:
"I definitely did not depart because I had lost interest in working."
Despite Klaus' departure, the company is continuing forward momentum, and those in his management team are still on board with the new situation. Although some workers are a bit uneasy over dropping all customers, and only working for the California-based electric automaker. A Tesla spokesperson praised Klaus Grohmann, and said of the situation:
"Part of Mr Grohmann's decision to work with Tesla was to prepare for his retirement and leave the company in capable hands for the future. Given the change in focus to Tesla projects, we mutually decided that it was the right time for the next generation of management to lead."