Tesla is no longer a single country car manufacturer but a multi-national business that provides for each market throughout the world. Still, Tesla’s surprise announcement that it will build its fourth Gigafactory near Berlin hit Germany’s car industry like a bombshell.
Bigger but better
Tesla’s Gigafactory will indeed be big by definition, but the facility near Berlin will be gentle, complex and sustainable. All due to good planning, logistics and collaboration with the community, the contractors and the subcontractors. Alther Pumpen, a River Group member, is a piece in this puzzle.
Alther Pumpen is a Water and Wastewater pump supply specialist company out of Greifswald in northern Germany. They have installed pumps for both small and big projects, and they were the easy choice when the Project Leaders at Tesla needed a pump supplier who could deliver high-quality pumps in a complex and hyper-modern facility. Andreas Tingvall, a Swede living in Germany, tells us the story.
“We got the project through the construction firm. Our job was to install the most modern pump system to guarantee that not too much of the scarce groundwater will go to waste. It was precise and transparent information; Tesla had planned everything and knew what they needed to fulfill the specific terms – we were part of the solution and their water-use ambition.”
Andreas tells us many people have great hopes for the factory’s economic effects. The state of Brandenburg is a structurally weak region with few employment opportunities. Tesla’s Gigafactory will employ about 10.000 people when operating at full capacity. Andreas is counting on repeat orders for the coming extensions leading to full capacity until 2026.