The head of the Mercedes plant in Berlin will join TeslaNovember 12, 2020
The head of the Berlin-based Mercedes-Benz Daimler engine plant, Rene Reif, went over to the side of Tesla.
German trade union IG Metall said a protest will take place in front of the Mercedes plant on Thursday over the departure of the head of the enterprise to rival Tesla. The union has called on Daimler to provide solutions that will help ensure the future of the plant.
“We will make it clear that we view the departure of the plant manager as a betrayal,” – said Jan Otto, head of IG Metall Berlin.
German business publication Handelsblatt reported that industry sources also confirmed that the 57-year-old Rafe will join Tesla. Rafe was one of the most experienced production managers at Daimler. He helped expand production capacity for Mercedes vehicles in China. Rafe was head of design and manufacturing at Beijing Benz Automotive, Daimler’s Chinese joint venture, which has a capacity of 480,000 vehicles. Last year, he started production of the electric Mercedes EQC.
Tesla declined to comment on whether it had found a new manager for the plant it is building in Grünheide on the outskirts of Berlin. A source told Reuters last month that Evan Horecki, the Tesla manager who oversaw the construction of the plant, has stepped down.
As a reminder, Tesla’s Berlin plant is slated to open in July next year to begin production of the Model Y electric crossover for the European market with an initial capacity of 150,000 units.
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