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Tata Electronics and Tesla Forge Strategic Agreement for Semiconductor Chip Procurement

by CioAxis

Tesla has reportedly struck a significant deal with Tata Electronics to procure semiconductor chips for its global operations. This partnership, established quietly a few months ago, positions Tata Electronics as a dependable supplier for global clients seeking to integrate a portion of their semiconductor value chain within India.

According to sources close to the agreement cited by the Economic Times, Tesla, the US-based electric vehicle manufacturer, has finalized a strategic arrangement with Tata Electronics to secure semiconductor chips for its worldwide operations. However, specific details regarding the deal’s value and precise terms remain undisclosed as neither company has officially commented on the agreement.

This collaboration is likely part of Tesla’s broader strategy to diversify its supply chain and establish a stronger presence in India. The report indicates that Tata Electronics, spearheading the Tata group’s foray into semiconductor manufacturing, has bolstered its workforce by recruiting top-tier executives. Tata Electronics has already established semiconductor manufacturing facilities in Hosur, Dholera, and Assam, with plans for further expansion. The company has invested a substantial $14 billion in its semiconductor business to date.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, is anticipated to visit India soon, potentially to engage in discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding future investments, including plans for electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing facilities in the country. During his visit, Musk is also expected to unveil significant announcements related to Tesla’s plans in India. It is speculated that Tesla may invest between $2-3 billion in setting up manufacturing operations for electric vehicles in India.

Recent alterations in import duty regulations could facilitate Tesla’s initial focus on importing premium electric models while simultaneously planning for local production. Recent policy revisions in India now allow automakers to import EVs priced at $35,000 or higher at a reduced import duty rate of 15%, provided they commit to investing $500 million within three years to establish manufacturing plants in the country.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tesla has been actively seeking to diversify its component sourcing options beyond China, particularly focusing on critical components such as electric motors and battery packs. This strategic partnership with Tata Electronics marks a significant step forward in Tesla’s efforts to broaden its global supply chain and reinforce its presence in India’s burgeoning electric vehicle market.

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