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Tesla Acquires Automated Machine Maker

Tesla Acquires Automated Machine Maker

Amid production hurdles associated with the launch of its Model 3 sedan, Tesla has reportedly acquired automated machine maker Perbix. Although it is unclear if the acquisition has stemmed from Model 3 production problems, it is known that Perbix has been a supplier to Tesla for about three years.

Perbix is the company that makes the automated machines (robots) utilized for Tesla production. Tesla has stated recently that its “production bottlenecks” with the Model 3 are associated with the automated machines it is utilized for the high volumes the company plans with this particular sedan.

During Tesla’s third quarter earnings call CEO Elon Musk pushed back the company’s original Model 3 production forecast by about three months. The company was planning to produce 5,000 units per week by the end of this year. The company now says it won’t achieve the 5,000 per week figure until the end of the first quarter of next year.

Subsequently, Tesla has taken its 10,000 per week milestone off the calendar entirely. Tesla produced just 260 Model 3’s during the third quarter.

Today’s acquisition comes almost exactly a year after Tesla acquired German firm Grohmann Engineering. Grohmann specializes in manufacturing-technology and automated production.

The terms of the Perbix acquisition have not been disclosed. Perbix is headquartered in the Minneapolis, Minn. area.

 





 

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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. nsaporito
    arutherford
    They have the money to do this?


    Oh they have plenty of cash on hand, but they're burning through it at an alarming rate.
    arutherford
    They have the money to do this?
    2b2
    Andrew_L
    Are they trying to move more things in house?


    ...like some more engineers?
    Andrew_L
    Are they trying to move more things in house?
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