Frank Scarpitti, mayor of Markham, Ontario, Canada, tweeted on Nov. 5 that Tesla's battery equipment manufacturing plant in the city has started up and its products will be used for battery production at Tesla's Gigafactories around the world.
Tesla acquired Hibar, a Canadian battery manufacturing equipment company dedicated to the production of pumps for rapid battery assembly, in 2019. Tesla plans to apply this rapid assembly technique to the production lines of its soon-to-come 4680 battery to boost capacity.
City officials said the newly opened Markham plant marks the expansion of the company's existing production facility at nearby Richmond Hill.
Tesla's senior vice president Andrew Baglino had said at last year's Battery Day event that it would vertically integrate with a range of battery equipment companies, including Hibar, to expand production of 4680 cells.
Tesla is currently piloting 4680 batteries at its California plant and plans to proceed with formal mass production of 4680 batteries at its Texas plant, which will soon begin operations, as well as at its Berlin plant. According to Baglino, Tesla will begin delivering the first vehicles with 4680 batteries early next year.
Tesla Opens Battery Assembly Equipment Plant in Canada to Boost 4680 Battery Production Capacity