A 9,000-ton Giga Press is on its way to Asia, announced the IDRA GROUP. Tesla is the company's only known customer to date to use the giant machine, which could hint at the possible production of the Cybertruck or new vehicle model in China.
IDRA GROUP again shared the news about its product through its LinkedIn (via Drive Tesla). The company posted a 36-second video showing the 9,000-ton Giga Press and its assembly process. IDRA captioned the post with “Another 9000t ready for shipping on its way to Asia!”
To date, Tesla is the only known IDRA customer using such giant machines. In addition, both the 6,000-ton and 9,000-ton Giga Presses are designed in collaboration with Tesla. The combination of these two facts indicates that it is almost certain that the Giga Press referred to by IDRA is being sent to Tesla. The Giga Press, with a clamping force of 9,000 tons, is specially designed for the production of a rear single-piece cast for Cybertruck. While the production of Cybertruck is planned for Giga Texas, there is a lot of interest in sending another machine to Asia.
In Asia, Tesla has only one factory, Giga Shanghai, located in China. If Giga Press is indeed sent to Tesla, then most likely it is to this factory. The number of pre-orders for Cybertruck around the world has surpassed 1.5 million, so having another production site for the pickup truck would be a smart move. In Giga Shanghai, Tesla has already established relationships with authorities, suppliers, and logistics, so this factory is the best choice for a second location for Cybertruck production.
In addition, Tesla mentioned that it plans to introduce a platform for 3rd generation cars, which is expected to dramatically reduce the cost of the production. The company has previously said that the new model will be developed by the China Research and Development Center. Perhaps the 9,000-ton Giga Press will be able to cast a huge one or two castings at a time, which will form the basis of a new platform, which is also expected to be more compact than the current Model 3 and Y. If this is true, then Tesla quietly, but by leaps and bounds, approached its goal—to produce cars as toy cars are made. It could also explain how Tesla could achieve a dramatic reduction in the cost of manufacturing a new platform.
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