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Giga Berlin Has a New Manager and Is in Calm Waters

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Tesla Giga Berlin has a new site manager. The new boss of the Gigafactory Andre Thierig was previously responsible for the paint shop. Economics Minister Steinbach warns against one-sided criticism against Giga Berlin, saying the Gigafactory is in "calm waters."

Tesla is pushing ahead with the construction of the new Gigafactory in Grünheide so that the first electric cars can roll off the assembly line there in mid-2021: After the previous site manager Evan Horetzky was thrown out, the project has a new person in charge: Andre Thierig signed the “Head of Gigafactory” at the beginning of November, previously responsible for the paint shop unit, signed a contract with the authorities according to Tagesspiegel information.

An application for further deforestation from October 12th already bears his signature. The group does not comment on personal details.

The paint shop for which Thierig is responsible, in which, according to CEO Elon Musk, new technology is to be used, is considered a key project of the Gigafactory. Since the systems take longer to start up here, Tesla has long wanted to install the machines.

There is evidence that these are stored nearby. But as reported, Tesla cannot expect the early approval requested for this before the end of November. The ex-site manager had referred to the endangered schedule with the authorities in September: "The construction of these parts of the plant is on the critical path of both the construction schedule and the overall schedule."

Tesla itself and Minister of Economics Jörg Steinbach (SPD) expect the start in 2021. The project is "in calm waters," emphasized Steinbach on Monday in the economic committee of the state parliament.

In view of the growing criticism due to problems accompanying the Tesla Giga Berlin settlement, Steinbach warned of imbalances: The volume of the criticism is disproportionate to the positive effects for the country, such as the domino effect for further settlements, with which the negative economic consequences of the corona crisis can currently be mitigated. He was talking to other companies "that want to come to Brandenburg," said the minister. "It won't be made any easier for me if the criticism is discussed with such intensity and the positive fall down."

Armen Hareyan is the founder and the Editor in Chief of Torque News. He founded TorqueNews.com in 2010, which since then has been publishing expert news and analysis about the automotive industry. He can be reached at Torque News Twitter, Facebok, Linkedin and Youtube.