The American electric car manufacturer is merging with the auto supplier ATW from Neuwied and is reportedly saving jobs. City spokesmen and mayors are happy.

A Tesla car stands in front of a charging station in the Californian city of Petaluma,

NAfter purchasing the Grohmann company in Prüm in the Eifel in 2016, the electric car manufacturer Tesla acquired a stake in another Rhineland-Palatinate company. The Californian group received approval to join the auto supplier ATW based in Neuwied, as a spokesman for the Federal Cartel Office announced. “It’s a merger.” He didn’t give any details. ATW and Tesla did not initially comment.

ATW (Assembly & Test Europe GmbH) belonged to the Canadian manufacturer ATS Automation Tooling Systems. This recently announced the closure of its location in Rhineland-Palatinate. The dazzling tech billionaire Elon Musk, who is building a factory for electric cars in Grünheide near Berlin, saves jobs at the Neuwied auto supplier. With a workforce of around 210 employees, he counts corporations such as BMW, Daimler and VW among his customers.

The Neuwied city spokesman Erhard Jung welcomed it “expressly when another international company” settled in his municipality on the Rhine: “Tesla plays a leading role in electromobility.” The mayor of Neuwied, Jan Einig (CDU), recently argued and argued similarly pointed out that Tesla Grohmann Automation GmbH in Prüm is only around 100 kilometers away – that could facilitate cooperation between the two locations. The Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Economics in Mainz had also made a positive statement.

The building of the auto supplier ATW in Neuwied
The building of the auto supplier ATW in Neuwied: Image: dpa