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Elon Musk says Tesla is worried about a potential labor shortage at its Berlin Gigafactory

A “Tesla Road” street sign outside the company’s new Gigafactory. Elon Musk has raised concerns about possible staffing issues.

  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he was “worried” about staffing in Berlin, Reuters reported.
  • “We’re a bit worried we won’t be able to find enough people,” Musk said on Saturday.
  • Concerns about staffing at the site have been brewing since the factory was announced in 2019.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Saturday raised concerns about staffing at the company’s new Gigafactory plant outside Berlin, Reuters reported.

“We’re a bit worried we won’t be able to find enough people,” Musk said on Saturday, according to the report. “We really need great talent to come here from all over Europe.”

Musk’s comments came during a live stream as part of a music festival held at the new Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg, where vehicles were expected to begin rolling off the line within weeks.

Concerns about staffing at the site have been brewing since the factory was announced in 2019. Some observers noted the stark differences in working culture between the US and Germany.

Earlier this year, Handelsblatt, a local newspaper, reported that the company was struggling to fill positions at the factory, saying skilled battery-cell workers were scarce in Germany.

The factory had been expected to open in July, but construction at the site in Grünheide was slowed by several issues, including paperwork requirements.

“We are currently constructing Gigafactory Berlin under conditional permits in anticipation of being granted final permits,” Tesla said in its most recent quarterly filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in July.

There have also been environmental concerns, including worries about disturbing the local lizard population.

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