Tesla to Open New Battery Manufacturing Equipment Plant in Canada

Tesla has confirmed that it will open a new factory to build battery manufacturing equipment in Canada.

As we reported earlier this week, Tesla has released an overview of its growing presence in Canada, where it builds “machines that build the machine.”

It appears the new video coincided with Tesla launching a new facility in the country.

Like the new Megafactory in California earlier this year, Tesla didn’t make an official announcement about the new project, and the local mayor was the one to reveal it.

Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of MArkham, Ontario made the announcement on Twitter:

The mayor wrote in the announcement for the new manufacturing plant:

I am thrilled to announce that Tesla Canada is joining our already strong automotive and technology ecosystem by establishing a manufacturing facility in the town of Markham. The plant will be the first Tesla Canada-branded manufacturing facility in Canada and will produce state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment for use in Gigafactories located around the world for battery production.

He did not reveal any details about the new plant other than it will produce “manufacturing equipment” and it is for “battery production”.

It sounds like what Tesla was already doing with his team at Hibar.

In 2019, Tesla acquired Ontario-based Hibar Systems, a manufacturing equipment company that makes machines used in battery cell production.

Before Tesla took over, the company was based in Richmond Hill, Ont., just minutes from Markham, where the new facility will be.

It looks like Tesla could expand the team into a larger facility in nearby suburban Toronto.

The expansion coincides with Tesla’s significantly increased need for battery manufacturing equipment as it seeks to deploy large-scale battery cell production at several different facilities.

We just reported that Tesla has taken delivery of new anode production equipment at Gigafactory Texas, and the automaker is also rolling out battery cell production at Gigafactory Berlin.

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