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The Swiss car parts supplier Autoneum has received an important order from Tesla, which will soon begin car production at its European factory, Giga Berlin. The Californian manufacturer is expected to become one of the company's most important customers in the future.
On March 3, at a virtual press conference, Autoneum CEO Matthias Holzammer proudly announced that his company is now a Tesla supplier: "Today Tesla is one of our customers." Though at the moment, the details of the order have not been disclosed.
Autoneum is an internationally active Swiss automotive supplier headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland. The company is one of the leading manufacturers in vehicle acoustic and thermal insulation for vehicles, and supplies the majority of global automobile manufacturers. Autoneum's clients include such automakers as Ford, BMW, Honda, Toyota, GM, Volvo, Renault, Mercedes, and others.
Up to this point, Tesla had not cooperated with the Swiss company, and a new contract appeared only after the Californian company approached the final stage of construction at its Giga Berlin. Autoneum has not disclosed what parts it will supply to Tesla. However, according to what was disclosed, sales to Tesla will be so high that the Californian manufacturer will be on the list of the most important customers in the future, Holzammer said.
The Tesla partnership will be very important for Autoneum. “Even if sales [of parts] will be small at the start, I think in the medium term it is a strategically important step to enter the door of the world's largest EV manufacturer,” said Yves Becker, industry commentator at Zürcher Kantonalbank.
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