BMW and VW says Tesla’s Grohmann Engineering must fulfill past contractual obligations

BMW and VW are pushing back against the newly formed partnership between Tesla and Grohmann Engineering amid reports that the Silicon Valley automaker has requested Grohmann to cease work on existing customers, as it pushes to bring Model 3 to market in July.

Recently publicized spats over wages and benefits arising from fears over job instability from Grohmann’s 700 employees, and reported clashes between Grohmann founder and Tesla Chief Elon Musk, has led to strong tensions behind closed doors. BMW and VW claim that the rebranded Tesla Grohmann Automation has sent mixed messages about its intentions, yet Germany’s largest automakers continue to take a strong stance and asking Grohmann to fulfill its contractual obligations.

However, a report from German publication Wirtschaftswoche indicates that Grohmann’s work counselor Uwe Herzig said (via Google Translate) that “the workload caused by new Tesla projects was so great that it has only been working on Tesla projects for a few weeks.”

It is clear that a competitor buying up a key supplier is cause for concern, but at this point what is not clear is whether or not Tesla has failed to fulfill any of its contractual obligations. BMW and VW have both gone on record stating that they both expect the new Tesla Grohmann Automation unit to fulfill existing contracts.

While the short-term pressure is causing tension for Tesla and headaches for its entrenched competition in Germany, Tesla is confident that there is a bright future for Grohmann. A Tesla spokeswoman (via Google Translate) shared that the company is confident that Tesla Grohmann Automation will “grow significantly over time, despite concentration on internal orders.”

Beyond just retaining existing employees, Tesla Grohmann has flooded the local market with job advertisements even going so far as to hire headhunters to find skilled workers, according to local reports. One of the job descriptions for an Engineer can be seen on Tesla’s careers page, listed below.


Department: Engineering

Location: Prüm, Germany

Req. ID44211

Job Type: Perm Eu

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BMW and VW says Tesla’s Grohmann Engineering must fulfill past contractual obligations
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